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Disabled Widow(er) Benefits

How Long Does It Usually Take For Social Security To Make A Decision On A Claim For Disability Benefits?

Hi my husband passed away October 2020 he was on ssdi. I am also on ssdi with a much lower benefit than his and I applied for ssdi widow benefits end of October. It is now March 29 and I am still waiting for an answer. I am 58 years old my husband was 60 when he died. How long does this usually take? Ssdi told me their waiting on my doctor reports. Thanks

Monday, March 29, 2021 - 15:41

Why Wasn't I Awarded Reduced SS Disability Benefits?

My late spouses passed away unexpectedly 08/07/2018??I am disabled and was approved for disability, however from 1 month after his passing when I filed for Disability any other programs I was eligible for. My SS checks came one month following me reporting his death. I was 60 when he passed. I am receiving his “REDUCED RETIREMENT INSURANCE rather than husbands REDUCED SS DISABILITY. I NEVER RECEIVED AN AWSRD LETTER Z(was told my claim was approved by the local field office.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 15:59

Why Is My Benefit Amount Reduced?

60 year old disabled widow. Deceased spouse was fully insured. SSA has approved my disability. (Claim has been going on for 2.5 years). They sent me my late spouses reduced (28.5 from my late spouses retirement monthly benefit - immediately following his death. I assumed I was waiting to hear about disability. 1.5 years later, I found my claim in my local office where the supervisor told me I was approved for disability but processing doesn’t know how to code it ???

Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 16:07

Why Did Social Security Deny My Mother's Claim For Disabled Widow's Benefits?

My mother has been getting disability since 1991 and her late husband passed away that she had been married to for 11 years and he was receiving social security and she filed for disable widows pension and was denied because the examiner said she didn’t coaparate well and she had to appeal it just want to know why and that’s not fare at all


Monday, September 28, 2020 - 08:00

Is There Any Way To Expedite Approval Of A Disability Application?

Hi. I understand a spouse/ex spouse can be eligible for survivor benefits at 50 if they are disabled, and have not worked. Is there a way to expedite the disability application (get approved for disability), or will the determination decision take the 9-12 months like most applications do? Do they consider that there is no income in the household at the time? Thanks so much.


Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 09:39

What Do I Need To Do To Get Benefits From My Deceased Husband's Record?

Hello. My husband of 20yrs passed away June 4,2016 he was on social security . Ok I'm on full disability since 2012 When he passed away I never received the $251 from his death nor do I draw off of him each month. The ppl at social security office told me I had to wait til I was 50 or 55 and I'm only 46... Please help m whay do I need to do.


I'm sorry for your loss.

Sunday, July 5, 2020 - 10:30
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