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Can My Adult Child With Cerebral Palsy Get Social Security Disability Benefits?

Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder caused by brain damage from a brain injury or an abnormal development in the brain that occurs before birth, during the birthing process or immediately after birth.

Disability Benefits for Adults with Cerebral Palsy

The SSA has an impairment listing for adults with cerebral palsy. Adults who meet the requirements of the listing may be able to receive Supplemental Security Income if they are considered low income. If they have paid into the Social Security system, it may be possible to obtain Social Security Disability Insurance.

To qualify for benefits, an individual must experience one of the following:

  • Disorganization of Motor Functions: Disorganization of motor functions is defined as extreme impairment in two extremities (two lower, two upper or one of each) that cause an inability to stand up from a seated position, balance while standing or walking, or use the upper extremities. This requirement is the same as the requirements for children with cerebral palsy.

Marked Limitations: An individual must suffer from one marked limitation in physical functioning and at least one marked limitation in a mental function. A marked limitation would be considered the fourth point on a five-point scale, with extreme limitation as the fifth point. A marked physical limitation means that an individual is limited in his or her ability to self-sufficiently begin, sustain and complete work-related physical tasks, such as standing, balancing or using extremities.

An individual must also experience one marked mental limitation that inhibits his or her ability to:

  • Understand, remember or apply information
  • Interact with others
  • Concentrate in order to finish tasks
  • Adapt or control emotions and behavior
  • Severe Interference in Communication

An individual could also qualify for benefits if he or she suffers from significant limitations in communicating because of a vision, hearing or speech problem.

If you do not meet the requirements of the Blue Book listing, the Social Security Administration will conduct a Residual Functional Capacity assessment to determine how significant your cerebral palsy impairments are and if they prevent you from working.

How a Social Security Attorney Can Help

Whether you’re preparing your first SSDI application, submitting your claim for Reconsideration or appealing a rejected claim, you have a greater chance of success with the help of a knowledgeable lawyer.

Attorneys at Kalfus & Nachman PC understand the complex SSDI application process and the information necessary to receive approval while maximizing the financial support you need for your condition. We also have a thorough knowledge of the appeals process and can help you assemble the additional information necessary to bolster your claim if you’ve been denied.

If you live in the Norfolk, Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach or Roanoke, Virginia, areas and need assistance filing your SSDI application or making an appeal, please contact Kalfus & Nachman PC by phone at (855) 880-8163 or through the form on this page to schedule a free consultation.

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