Widows And Widowers Disability Benefits

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits have work eligibility requirements. The more money you put into the system, the more you are entitled to in benefits. People who do not meet work eligibility requirements are generally not eligible to receive benefits. There are exceptions, however, including for widows and widowers.

It is possible to receive benefits based of the work history of your deceased spouse, provided you meet the eligibility requirements and can prove your disability to the satisfaction of the Social Security Administration. It is also possible that you may qualify both on your own work history and on the work history of your late spouse, meaning that you should make a claim under the work history for which you will receive the most benefits.

We Help Widows And Widowers Understand Their Claims

Zerbe Garner Blondell & Weldon, LLP, is an experienced Social Security Disability law firm that has represented thousands of claimants in disability applications. Our lawyers understand the eligibility requirements regarding SSDI claims, and we know the documentation judges look for when approving or denying a claim.

If you believe you may qualify for SSDI benefits based on the work history of a spouse who has passed away, we can help. We do not accept a fee unless we help you get benefits. Call us at 812-551-0436 or contact us online. We represent clients in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and throughout the Greater Cincinnati area.

Widow(er) Eligibility Requirements

You may qualify for widow(er) benefits, even if you later divorced, provided that:

  • The marriage lasted longer than 10 years.
  • Your spouse was eligible for benefits at the time of his/her death.
  • You are at least 50.
  • Your disability started within seven years of the death of your spouse.

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Please note that the rules in this area are complicated. If you have questions, contact our office to begin receiving experienced legal help. We provide free initial case evaluations and do not charge a fee unless we are successful in your claim. Call us at 812-551-0436 or use this convenient online contact form.