Seeking Disability Benefits Based on a Spouse's Work History
In many marriages, it is common for one spouse to work while the other stays home to take care of children and run the household. What happens if the working spouse passes away and then the non-working spouse becomes disabled and cannot enter the workforce? Fortunately for the surviving spouse, an experienced lawyer may be able to help him or her obtain Social Security Disability benefits based on the deceased spouse's work history.
I am Timothy R. White, an SSD lawyer representing widows and widowers in the Chicago area. I want you to know that as a surviving spouse, you have every right to receive Social Security benefits based on your spouse's record. He or she paid Social Security taxes for years. Your role in staying at home enabled your spouse to devote time and energy to work. Even though you were not employed, you contributed greatly to your spouse's career and deserve the benefits he or she paid for but can no longer use.
Understanding SSD for Widows/Widowers
In order to be eligible for SSD survivor's benefits, there are a number of criteria that you must meet:
- Your spouse must have paid enough into the Social Security system that he or she would have been eligible to receive benefits if he or she were still alive.
- You must have become disabled within seven years of your spouse's death.
- You must be at least 50 years old at the time you apply for SSD.
- You must meet the definition of total disability.
With more than 15 years of experience serving disabled clients in the Chicago area, I am ready to help you determine your SSD eligibility. I can also explore your potential eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Obtaining SSD for widowers and widows can be a challenge. Many initial applications are denied. If that is your situation, I can help you appeal your denied claim. Do not give up hope. Reach out to me for advice and guidance throughout the disability insurance process.
Contact a Chicago-Area Social Security Disability Attorney
I understand how overwhelming the Social Security bureaucracy can be. I am ready to guide you through the process and maximize the likelihood of obtaining disability benefits based on your spouse's work record.
For a free initial consultation, please call 773-295-2179 or toll free at 877-851-4243. You can also contact my Chicago, Illinois, disability law firm online. Messages are returned within 24 hours.