Can adults be eligible to receive child benefits?

by Feb 25, 2016

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Medical technology and capabilities have expanded considerably in recent years allowing doctors and nurses to have a better understanding of various conditions and improve diagnostics. Because of these advancements, medical professionals are able to diagnose certain conditions today that they may not have been able to diagnose a decade ago.

This is one reason why some adults across Tennessee may have questions about eligibility requirements for receiving Social Security disability benefits for adult children.

According to information from the Social Security Administration, adults can be eligible to receive children’s SSDI benefits if their disability began before the time they turned 22. These benefits are available when that child’s parents are also receiving Social Security disability benefits or retirement benefits.

However, as we mentioned, it will be necessary to show that a disability was suffered or began before the age of 22. In some cases, people who qualify for child’s benefits as adults suffer from a condition or illness that could not be treated or diagnosed when they were kids. Advancements in the medical field over the years could make it easier for doctors to diagnose disabling conditions that may have gone ignored or untreated for decades.

If you have an adult child who was disabled before 22, seeking a “child’s” benefit may be of interest to you. It should be noted that there are certain requirements you must meet as a parent in order for your child to be eligible for benefits, so discussing your options for these benefits with an attorney can help you understand your options and take the steps necessary to pursue the support you may need and deserve.