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Disabled Widow(er) Benefits

Why Can't Disabled Widow's Get More?

I'm receiving disability payments for myself for about 10 years or more. My husband passed away last June of 2020. He was working up until he died and was the main wage earner. They said I could only get the difference between my disability and what he would have gotten. That came to additional $10 a month. Why isn’t there more help for disabled widows and why can’t they get more?

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 - 09:36

Could You Please Explain Survivor Benefits When The Surviving Spouse Is Disabled?

Hi Larry. Could you please explain widow survival benefits when the surviving spouse is disabled before age 60 and has not ever received any sort of disability/nor ever applied on their own record (not eligible) or SSI? I don’t understand what it means that you are eligible at age 50 if the disability occurred within 7 years of spouses death. How is the date of disability decided? My husband and I have been married almost 30 years, and I’m only 50 while he is 65 and retiring next year. I became disabled a year ago.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - 11:33

Why Am I Not Receiving My Husband's Full Rate?

My spouse was awarded SSDI after he was deceased. He had already retired, but then applied for SSDI. About 1 year later I became disabled and now receive SSDI based off of my record. I applied for disabled widow benefit, yet do not receive an amount that would equal the higher of the two (mine is 1661 and he made 2570. I receive 600 from his). Why would this be?
Also, will benefits be forever reduced?

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - 09:55

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
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