Social Security & You: More Questions About Social Security Disability Benefits | Economic news

Q: I am 66 years old and I receive my social security. My wife is 60 years old. We have a 25 year old son who has learning disabilities and other mental issues. Despite these problems, he has worked intermittently since the age of 16. But it became too much for him and he stopped working last year. I applied for him to get “disabled adult child” benefits on my social security file, and it was recently denied. Can you explain to us how and why an application would be refused to a manifestly disabled person?

A: Well, again, I have to start with the same point raised in the answer to the previous question. It is incapacity for work that is the key to obtaining invalidity benefits. So, if someone is working, it could indicate that they do not meet the legal definition of disability for social security purposes.

I understand that your son is not working now. But to benefit from the “disabled adult child” allowances, you would have to prove that your son was disabled before the age of 22. And you said he’s been working since he was 16. Thus, his application could have been denied because the records simply did not show that he was legally disabled before the age of 22.

Now please keep in mind that I am only guessing why the request was denied. You would have to talk to someone at the Social Security Administration to find out more. And speaking of talking to someone at the SSA, you should definitely appeal if you disagree with the first decision you got.

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