Michigan Disability Benefits Lawyers

Disabled Adult Child Social Security Benefits

Social Security Disability benefits are not limited to people who have worked. Benefits may also be paid to a spouse, children, or in some cases, an adult child.

A disabled adult child may qualify for benefits on a parent’s Social Security record, even if the child is already receiving disability benefits on their own. They may be eligible to receive benefits at a higher rate if they meet all other requirements under SSA rules.

How to Qualify for Disabled Adult Child Social Security Benefits

To qualify for Social Security benefits on a parent’s earnings record, the following conditions must apply to the disabled adult child:

  1. Their disability must have begun prior to age 22.
  2. The adult child meets the SSDI definition of disability for adults.
  3. They are unmarried.
  4. They are at least 18 years of age.

Additionally, the parent of the disabled adult child must be:

  1. Receiving Social Security Disability or retirement benefits, or
  2. Deceased.

The SSDI definitions of disability for adults can be confusing. We encourage you to contact us for a free consultation to discuss your personal situation and whether or not it fits the SSDI guidelines.

When to Apply for Disabled Adult Child Benefits

If your adult child is disabled, he or she may also be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), based on income and asset limitations. An application can be filed online for benefits if your adult child qualifies for SSDI on his or her own earnings record. If you wish to apply for benefits under your own coverage, the application must be made at your local Social Security office.

Contact Our Michigan Disability Lawyers For Help

Contact us at The Mike Morse Law Firm. Our legal team are experts in SSDI law, and can advise you on the application option that will be most beneficial to your adult child.

If the Social Security Administration has denied your initial claim for disability benefits, we will handle your appeal. Our mission at The Mike Morse Law Firm is to advocate for your rights under Social Security.