Is It True That I May Be Able To Get My Mom's Social Security?

Feb 25 2020 - 2:41pm

i was in a car wreck at age 19 . i was diagnosed with a brain injury and was declared disable . couldn't walk or talk. my mom applied for a medicaid waiver program that i was accepted in. she died when I was 20. I am now 22 and in one of their housing programs . I only get ssi $700 A MONTH . i WAS TOLD I MAY BE ABLE TO GET MY MOMS S.S. Is that true?
.because if i moved out on my own i cant do it with only $700 a month.

Hi,

I'm sorry for your loss.

I can't be sure, but if your mother worked and paid into Social Security long enough to be insured for benefits then it sounds like you might qualify for disabled adult child's (DAC) benefits based on your mother's earnings history (https://www.ssa.gov/planners/disability/qualify.html#anchor7). You'll probably want to check with Social Security to see if you might be eligible for DAC benefits.

Best, Jerry