Obtaining Supplemental Security Income benefits for children with behavioral disorders can be especially difficult. Although the effects of conditions like attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) are real, there remains a pervasive stigma.
Officials often assume such disorders are overdiagnosed — many persist in believing they are completely imagined. As a result, initial claims for benefits are frequently denied. The attorneys at Cutter Hall Karlock LLC, can help.
Based in Columbus, and serving throughout central Ohio, we have more than 60 years of combined experience helping families obtain the SSI benefits they need to ensure adequate care and support for their children. We work closely with the individuals we represent, taking care to develop personal relationships with our clients so that we can best assert their interests throughout the legal process.
According to the Social Security Administration, in order for your child to receive benefits, you must be able to demonstrate that any condition “very seriously limits your child’s activities.” But determining what “very seriously” means is not straightforward — it is a subjective term that many officials seem to interpret as they wish.
Our lawyers can help establish the severity of your child’s condition. We work with doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, school officials, and other individuals involved in your child’s life, gathering documentation and testimonies that will assert the need for your child to receive the assistance he or she needs.
We assist children with a broad range of behavioral disorders, including:
Raising children presents difficulties for any parent; we have made it our core mission to help families who most need support. Our lawyers can advocate for you and your child through each step of the application and appeals process.
To learn more about our services, reach out to our firm. You can call us or arrange an appointment online. Initial consultations are always free, enabling us to inform you of your options before you are obliged to pay.