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Severe birth injuries may require Supplemental Security Income

For many women in Jersey City, the day they go into labor is one of the best days of their lives; not, of course, for the actual labor itself, but because that is the day that their children are born. Having a child is a wonderful experience, but for women whose children are born with birth injuries or defects, it can be the start of a difficult journey.

Some parents will file lawsuits on behalf of their children while others may not be able to, as their child's injuries are no one's fault. Regardless, if the injuries are serious enough, the parents may need to file for Supplemental Security Income. These federal benefits are different from Social Security disability insurance benefits in that children can receive them, as well as anyone who has not worked long enough to qualify for disability insurance benefits.

When it is clear that a birth injury or defect was caused by someone else, a birth injury lawsuit may be an important tool to cover the cost of the child's care. When he or she is older, however, the money may have run out and it is important that the individual has enough money to survive. By working with a disability law attorney to file for Supplemental Security Income, he or she may be able to get the necessary funds to pay his or her living costs.

Of course, proving eligibility for these federal benefits can be difficult, which is why so many individuals work with attorneys to collect evidence, doctors' reports and affidavits proving eligibility.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "GSK faces products liability claim by woman alleging birth defects from Paxil," Jon Campisi, March 12, 2014

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