Recently, a client asked about her brother who was receiving SSI (Supplemental Security Income) and was wondering if he would be eligible for any other benefit.
Generally, there are two types of disability benefits. If someone is receiving SSI, it generally means that they did not have any or enough work history to be eligible for Disability Insurance Benefits, which is based on work history and, more often than not, a higher benefit.
However, when the adult child began receiving SSI prior to reaching the age of 22, they may be eligible for child’s disability benefits, or Medicare, based on their parents’ earnings history. When a parent passes away, retires, or begins receiving disability themselves, the adult child can file for benefits based on that parent’s earnings. Other requirements include that the adult child must be unmarried, age 18 or older, and have a disability that started before age 22.
If you have questions regarding your eligibility for Social Security benefits, our firm stands ready to serve your needs and answer your questions at any time.