Although the majority of disability claims are focused on adult conditions that prevent the claimant from being able to support himself, childhood disability payouts may be more common than you realize. The Social Security Administration estimates that 1.3 million disabled children received disability benefits in 2014. However, the number of disabled children in the U.S. who may be entitled to benefits is ten times that.

Unfortunately, many parents don’t realize that their child may qualify for disability, let alone what to do to get it for him. Therefore, too many children who need and deserve SSA help, don’t get it. Is your child getting what he needs, or is he one of many who continues to struggle without the proper care he deserves?

Disability by the Numbers

In order to get a better understanding of how many children in the U.S. are affected by physical and mental disabilities, the National Center for Education Statistics researched the prevalence of different types of disorders affecting children. This research was based upon the 6.4 million disabled children currently enrolled in public school under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Children under 5 and those too disabled to attend school aren’t factored, and could raise stats by several percentages.

Findings show that within the IDEA program, the following conditions were prevalent:

  • Learning disabilities: 36% or 2.3 million
  • Speech impairments: 21% or 1.4 million
  • Autism: 7% or 450,000
  • Intellectual disabilities: 7% or 450,000
  • Emotional disturbance: 6% or 385,000
  • Developmental delay: 6% or 385,000
  • Multiple disabilities: 2% or 130,000 
  • Hearing impairments: 1% or 64,000
  • Orthopedic disorders: 1% or 64,000
  • Other health disorders (musculoskeletal, digestive, cardiovascular, cancer): 12% or 770,000

Given these numbers and the financial burden addressing these conditions can place on families, it’s extremely important to know where to turn to get the help you need to secure your child’s future.

Filing a Claim to Get the Benefits Your Child Deserves

Every parent wants the best for their child. Unfortunately, ensuring your child gets the best can come at a high price when your child is diagnosed with a disability. Filing a disability claim on his behalf may be your best option to guarantee his financial security. Unfortunately filing a disability claim for a child can be confusing and difficult.

If your child needs SSA benefits, don’t risk a denial due to improper paperwork or misunderstanding—your child deserves better than that. Contact us today for a free consultation and review of your claim. Let us help you discover your child’s legal options for government assistance. Without representation your claim could easily be denied and take years for reconsideration. Don’t waste time. Call now!

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John L. Keefe
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Founding Attorney, Massachusetts Social Security Disability Lawyer