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Disabled young adults have options for benefits

Many people in the San Diego area and throughout Southern California may have struggled with an illness or injury for all of their lives. Oftentimes, as he or she approaches adulthood, a person suffering under this sort of condition, or the person’s caregivers, will realize that the person will not be able to find meaningful work because of the condition.

In these sorts of situations, our law office can help families explore a number of options for obtaining financial support through the Social Security Administration. For instance, if the young adult is of limited means and has never worked, he or she may qualify for Supplemental Security Income, or SSI. Without regard to a person’s work history, SSI can provide an important source of monthly income.

In some cases, a young adult may also be eligible for Social Security Disability Income, or SSDI, through what are called Adult Child Benefits. Normally, a person who is between 18 and 22 and who is suffering a disability will not have enough work history to draw SSDI. However, if a person qualifies, Adult Child Benefits allow a person to draw SSDI by using his or her parents’ work history.

Young adults who have qualifying disabilities will likely need financial support in order to make ends meet. Nevertheless, getting these benefits can be a complicated affair. As in all disability cases, the person will have to show he or she is legally disabled. Moreover, he or she will have to meet other criteria. Our law office is available to help a young adult navigate the process.

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