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How Long Do Childhood Disability Benefits Last?


At Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld, our Santa Barbara disability lawyers know how crucial disability benefits are to the 7,877,129 disabled workers, 1,142,699 disabled adult children, and 224,171 disabled widow(er)s who receive them in the U.S.

Since 1956, our attorneys have represented the people of California who count on these benefits to help ensure they can sustain the quality of life they deserve.

This includes children who meet the eligibility criteria for a persisting disabling condition.

Here, we discuss how long childhood disability benefits last so families throughout California know what to expect from the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) programs.

How Long Do SSI Benefits for Children Last?

SSI provides financial assistance to children with disabilities who come from low-income households. If the child’s disability meets the SSA’s criteria and the family continues to meet the income and resource limits, they can receive SSI benefits until they turn 18.

After turning 18, the SSA will reevaluate the child’s eligibility and may consider them an adult for SSI purposes.

How Long Do SSDI Benefits for Adult Children Last?

Disabled adult children may be eligible for SSDI benefits based on their parents’ work history if the disability onset occurred before age 22. These benefits can continue as long as the adult child remains disabled and meets the requirements for disability benefits.

It is important to note that the Social Security Administration (SSA) regularly reviews beneficiaries' medical and financial status to determine continued eligibility. If a child’s medical condition improves or their financial situation changes, it can impact their eligibility for childhood disability benefits.

In general, individuals receiving childhood disability benefits should notify the SSA of any changes in their condition or circumstances and comply with any requests for medical reviews or documentation to maintain their benefits.

Rules and regulations may change over time, so it’s advisable to consult the SSA or a qualified legal or financial professional for the most current and specific information regarding childhood disability benefits.

If you believe you or your child has been wrongfully denied benefits, our experienced California disability attorney can help.

We have six physical offices in Bakersfield, Fresno, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Ventura, and Visalia, and our top-tier technologies provide a virtual reach to serve clients throughout California. We offer free in-person, telephone, and virtual consultations to offer straightforward legal advice for your unique needs.

Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights and options.

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