Benefits for Surviving Family Members With Disabilities

It can be difficult to make ends meet when a loved one dies or when an adult child suffers from a disability that prevents him or her from working. At the Disability Benefits Law Center, P.C., our Philadelphia disabled widows' benefits lawyers are dedicated to helping you get the benefits you need in order to continue living your life. We practice in this area of law exclusively and have extensive experience helping people navigate the Social Security Disability (SSD) process.

We understand how difficult it can be to lose a loved one's income or to care for a disabled adult child. We will work closely with you so you understand your rights and your options.

To learn more about how we may be able to help you, contact us online or call 267-622-4475 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your situation.

Disabled Widows/Widowers and Divorcees May Qualify for Benefits

When a loved one dies, benefits may be paid to his or her surviving spouse or ex-spouse who suffers from a disability. However, there are certain qualifications that must be met in order for a widow or a widower to be eligible for these benefits, including:

  • The widow or widower must between the ages of 50 and 60 and (with some exceptions) the marriage must have lasted 9 months.
  • Their condition must meet the definition of a disability for adults
  • The disability definition must be met within seven years of the spouse's death
  • For a surviving divorced spouse, the marriage must have lasted at least 10 years

If the widow, widower or surviving divorced spouse is caring for the deceased spouse's children and receives Social Security benefits, she or he may still be eligible for these benefits if the disability occurs within seven years after payments have ended. Our Philadelphia disability lawyers will review your situation and let you know whether you are likely to qualify.

Applying for Benefits for an Adult Child With Disabilities

Social Security Disability Insurance pays benefits to adults who suffer from a disability that began before they turned 22 years of age. These payments are paid based on a parent's Social Security earnings record. The parent must be receiving Social Security retirement or disability, or the parent must have died and have worked long enough under Social Security. These benefits will continue as long as the adult child remains disabled and the child need not have worked to receive these benefits.

Experienced Help With the Application Process

The application process for benefits can be complex and confusing. When you become a client of the Disability Benefits Law Center, P.C., you will get experienced help from our attorneys to ensure that your application is thorough and correct. If your application is denied, we can also guide you through the appeals process. In every case, we will inform you of your rights and ensure that you understand all of the options that are available to you.

Call for a Free Consultation With a Lawyer

You do not have to go through life wondering how you are going to take care of yourself or your disabled children. Contact us online or call 267-622-4475 for a free initial consultation. We take all cases on a contingency basis, so you owe us nothing unless we win your claim.