Applying for social security disability insurance (SSDI) is complicated enough when you’re applying based on your own income and disability. The situation becomes even more complex when you’re the disabled adult child or spouse of a deceased person who received social security when he or she was alive. To ensure that your claim is not rejected or unnecessarily delayed, it’s important to get help from an experienced social security lawyer.
Social Security Disabled Adult Child Benefits
Before you can apply for this benefit, make sure that you meet the following four criteria:
- You are at least 18 years old
- You are not legally married
- You have a permanent disability that began before the age of 22
- One of your parents received regular social security payments prior to his or her death
If you are approved for this benefit, you will receive payments based on the earnings of your deceased parent. Because there are separate social security programs for minor children of the deceased, you must be a legal adult to collect this benefit.
Disabled Widow and Widower Benefits
You may be eligible for benefits under this program if you meet the following guidelines:
- You are at least 50, but less than 60 years old
- Your disability began when your spouse was alive or within seven years of his or her death
- Your condition meets the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability for adults
In certain situations, you may also be eligible for this benefit as a divorced spouse of the deceased.
Don’t Start Your Application Alone
The Clardy Law Firm has helped numerous people in your situation obtain the SSDI benefits they need for survival. We encourage you to contact us for guidance before you complete or submit your application for the first time.