The Social Security Law provides that benefits may be payable to an individual under the age of 18 in certain circumstances.
Part of the relevant test involves demonstrating that the child has a specific impairment which meets a severity test and is expected to result in death or last at least 12 months.
For a minor, it must be demonstrated that the impairment is “severe” and not simply a minimal abnormality that does not produce extensive limitations.
If the Administrative Law Judge finds that the impairment is in fact severe, the final step involves a determination as to whether that impairment meets or equals a “listing”. A listing is a documented medical condition that has been determined by the Administration to automatically qualify ones disability as sufficient.