If you’re disabled and a widow, it can seem that there is little hope for help. However, the Social Security Administration (SSA) does provide benefits to disabled widows of workers. These benefits can come in addition to the regular disability programs. Together these can make a bad situation better, improve your quality of life, and put you on the path to recovery.
If you or someone you know is a disabled widow of a worker and would like to know more about disabled widow benefits in your area, it would be wise to contact a local disability lawyer as early as possible.
Who is the Benefit For?
Disabled widow benefits are for the widows of workers who also have a disability. If a worker dies, then the amount that they worked and paid into the system is transferred to their spouses. If you retire and or become disabled, the system can care for them too. This is especially beneficial and important for the spouse that stayed at home to care for the family and now needs assistance.
Requirements to Receive Benefits
If a worker who has paid into the Social Security System dies, those benefits will be payable to their widow if they have a legitimate disability on the official Listing of Impairments. Additional requirements that must be met include:
The surviving widow is between the ages of 50 and 60,
The widow’s condition must be on the official Listing of Impairments
If it is not, the condition must have equal severity to those on the list
Must qualify as a disability under the Social Security Act.
The widow’s disability must have started before or within seven years of the worker's death.
The widow must have been disabled within that period.
The widow must prove that they were married (and divorced) to the worker.
Get Legal Help
If you or a loved one is in this situation and is thinking about the disability options, it would be wise to contact an experienced and professional lawyer as soon as possible.You deserve those benefits. You cannot work and have no chance of working and earning enough money to support yourself without them. There are options, but you cannot waste any time. This is not an issue that should be taken lightly. For more information about your possible options, contact a disability lawyer in your area and ask for advice, assistance, and a free case evaluation today.