New England Social Security Disability Lawyer – Disabled Adult Child Benefits

Disabled adults who are not insured and do not have enough work credits to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits on their own earnings record can qualify under their parents earnings record in certain scenarios. If you have a disability that began before the age of 22, you may be eligible for Disabled Adult Child (DAC) benefits.

If you are a disabled adult child and need to apply for DAC benefits or have recently been denied DAC benefits, it’s essential to have an attorney on your side who can help you obtain the benefits to which you are entitled. Providing skillful representation, Attorney Rick Madore understands the uncertainties that lie ahead and how important your financial security is to you. Contact our office today for a free review of your claim.

How Do I Qualify for Disabled Adult Child Benefits?

In order to qualify for DAC benefits, an individual must be unmarried, 18 years old or older, and have a disability that began before the age of 22. The individual must also have at least one parent, adoptive parent or stepparent who falls into one of the following categories:

  • Retired and receiving Social Security retirement benefits
  • Disabled and receiving SSDI benefits
  • Deceased

In some cases, grandchildren and step-grandchildren are eligible for DAC benefits based on the earnings record of their grandparent or step-grandparent if neither of the disabled adult child’s parents are alive at the time of filing.

There are also some cases where a disabled adult child may have limited earnings from a failed work attempt or from working in a sheltered work environment who would be eligible for SSDI benefits based on their own work history. However, in most cases, the benefits a disabled adult child would receive under their parents, step-parents, grandparents or step-grandparents would be much higher and a DAC claim would be the appropriate claim to file.

Contact a Knowledgeable New England Social Security Disability Lawyer

The SSDI and DAC claim process can be very difficult to navigate and confusing for claimants. You do not have to go through the process alone. Attorney Rick Madore works with clients throughout Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and can help you obtain the benefits you deserve. Contact the Law Office of Richard R. Madore, P.C. for a free no obligation review of your claim today.