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If your seriously disabled child is OVER age 18, stop reading and call the Center for our companion pamphlet that specifically deals with disabled children 18 years of age and older.


If your minor child has major health problems affecting his or her functioning physically, mentally or a combination of both, the first question that must be answered is the family unit (mother and father or single parent) where the child resides poor enough to be eligible? It will not matter how seriously disabled the minor child may be, if the parents’ monthly income plus the existing assets are above the level the law has set, the child’s claim will be DENIED! Usually, if the family is eligible for state assistance such as food stamps and Medicaid, the non-medical requirement is met.

You meet the non medical requirements. Just how seriously disabled must my child be?

The child must be suffering from a marked and severe medical condition that is expected to last at least 1 year or longer. There are 2 methods to prove this. First, does my child’s condition meet the specific requirements found in the Listing of Impairments. These Listings state the exact proof that must be shown for the child’s specific disease or condition. The 2nd way is to show that the child’s poor health is so serious that it is functionally equivalent to a listed impairment.

What are the fees?

All fees are contingent. This means we only get paid if the claim is approved and benefits are paid. Social Security will pay the attorney 25% of the past due benefit or $6,000 – whichever is less. If the claim is unsuccessful, there is no fee.

How do we get started?

When you call, we will outline the steps you need to take to start the claim. Generally, you will call the toll free number of SSA, 800.772.1213, and make an appointment to meet a claims representative at the SSA office nearest your home. You may also simply walk into the nearest office and file the claim. However, we strongly urge you to call our Counseling Center before you take any action. This is a very technical program with many rules and regulations. It is strongly recommended to get guidance before you even start. Early mistakes can be very difficult to correct once the claim has begun.

What happens if the claim is approved?

Before any benefits are paid, since often it can take many months before a favorable decision is obtained, the non medical requirements must be reviewed for each month the claim has been pending. Has there been any change in living arrangements, marital status of the parents, unexpected income or work activity during the entire period? The monthly benefit is then calculated, and the past due benefit determined. The past due benefit is called the underpayment and generally paid in a set sequence we will explain to you.

What do you do if the claim is denied?

If the claim is denied, and the vast majority of claims are denied, you have a right to a hearing before a judge.

The hearing must be requested in writing and filed with SSA within 60 days from the date of denial. It can take many months before a hearing is scheduled. Many parents become frustrated and just give up. That is the biggest mistake you can make. Most awards happen at the hearing level after a judge hears live testimony and considers the medical evidence developed by your attorney. It is usually well worth the wait.

What happens when my child turns 18?

The law requires that your child’s claim be re-evaluated the year he or she turns 18. The adult standards are now applied and a new determination is made to determine whether claim meets the adult requirements for on-going benefits.

If you have read this far and think your child qualifies, CALL OUR CENTER NOW for an absolutely free consultation on the steps that need to be taken immediately.

What our clients say about us

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Cliff Weisberg has been an indispensable resource

I am an oncology social worker who helps cancer patients apply for disability. Cliff Weisberg has been an indispensable resource in assisting our patients through the complicated system of social security disability. I have complete confidence in his knowledge and expertise and have referred many patients to him over the years. In addition, his professional seminars on the social security disability process have been invaluable to me and my social work colleagues. Cliff is extremely ethical and really cares about helping people get disability as quickly as possible.


I look forward to working with you again!

I want to thank you personally for speaking at the program MS: My Choice and having your table available for participants to visit. It is great that you took the time out on a Saturday to volunteer for the MS Society. Your presentation was very well received and appreciated. Those who participated in your presentation commented on how much information they gathered from your speech. Participants were also very happy to receive your free gifts and have a chance to speak with you about their own personal concerns. I look forward to working with you again!

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In January 2018, I was diagnosised with ALS. I found Clifford Weisberg thru ALS of Michigan. Clifford helped my wife and I plan/navigate the process and timeline of social security. I recommend anyone with ALS to reach out to Clifford.

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