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Why are Disability Cases Involving Children More Likely to be Denied?

Continued from: What are the Chances of Being Approved for a Child who is Filing for Disability?

Why are disability cases involving children more likely to be denied?

One observation is that a good percentage of child disability cases involve mental and behavioral issues like ODD (oppositional defiant disorder) and ADD (attention deficit disorder), or ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). In cases like this, the school records are often lacking.

However, even when social security (or a disability lawyer who is preparing for a hearing) has been able to obtain good documentation--in the form of grade reports, specialized IQ and achievement testing, and even completed questionaires from the child's teachers--the medical records that are obtained often fail to support a prognosis that indicates continued difficulties.

Or, the records fail to support a certain severity level by demonstrating that the child is prescribed medication, and that both the child and the parents of the child are being compliant with the use of the medication.

On the other hand, when children file for disability on the basis of physical problems, this is often done based on conditions that can be more severe at an earlier age, and less severe as the child gets older. This is commonly true when a disability application is filed for a child who has asthma or seizure disorder. It is not at all uncommon for these conditions to remiss (get better) as the child gets older.

Also, to qualify for disability when the claim is primarily based on asthma or seizures, it is usually helpful to have asthma attacks or seizure episodes documented. However, not every attack results in a doctor or hospital visit. And not very many parents track the history of their children's attacks by recording them in a journal (self-recorded documentation, such as in a journal, can provide a disability judge with the information needed to sway a case toward an approval).

As to the approval chances of a child filing for disability, the only thing that can be said is that a higher percentage of child disability cases will be denied at the initial level.

Therefore, this would mean at 70-75 percent would be denied. However, the high rate of denial does not mean that parents should not file on behalf of their children. They should simply do so knowing that the chances of disability benefit approval will be higher when the child's condition, or conditions, is supported by a diagnosis from a qualified medical professional and that the medical evidence on a disability claim and/or school records indicate the existence of substantial limitations that seriously impair the child from being able to engage in the same activities as their age-appropriate peers.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

How to Appeal a disability claim denial from Social Security
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits
What is a Social Security Disability Denial based on?
Are there ways to avoid being denied for SSI or social security disability?
What does a Disability Denial Letter from Social Security say?
Reconsideration of a Social Security Disability denial- what does it involve?
What to do if you receive notification of a Social Security Disability or SSI claim denial
If you receive a Social Security Disability Denial quickly does that mean the case is weak?
What happens if my SSI or Social Security Disability Application is denied?
Social Security Disability Denied The Reasons Why (medical denials)
Will my Social Security Disability check be lowered by a pension?

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria