Minor SSD benefits due to a failure to thrive

On Behalf of | Oct 21, 2020 | Social Security Disability

Were someone to ask you who in Mississippi might qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you would likely answer by saying that only adults who cannot due to disabling conditions. While it may be true that a majority of those receiving SSD are adults, that does not exclude minors from qualifying for them either.

As many of our clients here at Wood & Carlton, P.C. can attest, having a disabled child can impose a financial burden that invites monetary struggles similar to those one experiences when they themselves cannot work. Often, you may begin the notice the need for assistance in relieving such a burden almost immediately following your child’s birth.

Defining “failure to thrive”

The first months and years of your child’s life are essential in both their mental and physical development. For this reason, pediatricians track their development progress by comparing it to averages seen in kids with similar characteristics. Consistent observations detailing that your child is not developing that the same rate as those in their particular cohort indicate a failure to thrive. A prolonged period of failing to thrive during development may necessitate therapeutic treatments, and could also be indicators of future potential physical or mental issues.

Detailing the SSA’s failure to thrive criteria

Should you seek disability benefits due to your child’s failure to thrive, you must meet the criteria set forth in the Social Security Administration’s Listing of Impairments in order to qualify. These criteria mandate that your child exhibit either three separate weight-for-length measurements during their first two years of life that place them in the bottom third of children in their particular cohort, or three distinct body-mass-index measurements between the ages of 2-3 with similar indications. In addition, they must demonstrate developmental delays in comparison to other kids their age.

You can find more information on qualifying for SSD benefits throughout our site.


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