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Social Security Disability for children

Though Social Security Disability benefits are available for children that are blind or disabled through injury or illness, there will always be concerns that the claimants have received such benefits through fraud. The consequences of fraudulent claims will be that the response of legislators will make it more difficult for everyone including deserving recipients to receive such disability benefits.

Over the past decade, there has been approximately 50 percent more claims made, and many of these concern mental and behavioral impairments such as attention deficit disorder (A.D.D.). Yet though such increases may be interpreted as fraud, a great majority of benefits provided go to individuals that are severely in need of assistance.

A disabled child on average only receives around $8,000 a year in disability benefits, and it is estimated that there are 1.2 million low income and disabled children in the United States. To needlessly cut benefits off to a truly disabled child could be devastating.

Considering the obstacles such children will face, $8,000 a year will only be a start for helping them deal with their disabilities. Before fraud can be alleged, independent studies by the federal government should be conducted showing that fraudulent claims are actually being filed.

Disabled children and their families should consult with an attorney experienced in the area of Social Security Disability should they need to file a claim or have had a claim denied. It should not be taken for granted that a denial of a claim in anyone indicates that the claim is illegitimate and no disability exists.

Source: CBS 3, "Officials meet in Springfield to discuss flaws in children's SSI," by Samantha Lavien, Feb. 20, 2012

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