Help for Grieving Spouses of Disability Recipients

When health problems made it impossible for your spouse to work, the Social Security Disability benefits he or she received were a lifeline for you and your family.

Now that your spouse is deceased, not only are you dealing with grief, you’re worried about how to pay the bills each month.

This could be a source of crucial financial relief: Social Security Disability survivors’ benefits.

These special benefits are available to the widow or widower of a deceased worker who received monthly Social Security Disability benefits.

But the death of a spouse turns your world upside down, so applying for survivors’ benefits might seem overwhelming.

At Pilzer Klein, a disability law firm serving people in Greenville and across South Carolina, we take time to understand your concerns. Our attorneys will answer your questions and evaluate your case at no charge.

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Am I Eligible for Social Security Disability Widow or Widower Benefits?

You may qualify for Social Security Disability survivors benefits based on these factors:

Your Age

If you’re between age 60 and full retirement age, you can receive between 71.5% and 99% of your spouse’s disability benefits. If you’ve reached full retirement age, you can receive 100% of your spouse’s disability benefits.

Your Role as Caretaker of Your Spouse’s Child

If you’re caring for your spouse’s child who is a) under 16, or b) over 16 and has a disability, you can receive 75% of your spouse’s benefit, no matter your age.

Your Own Disability

If you’re between the ages of 50 and 59 and you have a disability, you can receive 71.5% of your spouse’s benefit.

Every day at Pilzer Klein we help people like you get the benefits they need and deserve.

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How Do I Apply for Widow or Widower Benefits?

You should notify the Social Security Administration as soon as possible when your spouse who received disability benefits has died.

You can’t apply for survivors’ benefits online. You’ll need to call and speak to a representative or visit your local Social Security office.

You’ll need to fill it out the proper forms and provide supporting documents like these:

  • Birth certificate
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or legal resident status
  • Tax forms
  • Medical records confirming your own disability status
  • Documents of any workers’ compensation benefits you receive

Can a Divorced Spouse Receive Social Security Disability Survivors’ Benefits?

Yes, you may still qualify for survivors benefits for your divorced spouse if:

  • You were married to your ex-spouse for at least 10 years,
  • You are not currently married, and
  • You are at least age 62.


(The amount you receive will not reduce the amount collected by other survivors who may get benefits, such as current spouses and children.)

The death of a spouse can cause overwhelming emotional and financial strain.

You need someone with legal experience you can trust to help you move your life forward. At Pilzer Klein, we know what it takes to qualify for Social Security Disability survivors benefits.

We pay attention to every detail of securing your benefits, so you can focus on restoring a sense of peace in your life.

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