Can I get Social Security Disability off my spouse's record?
Social Security Disability requires an insured status that is earned through the work you performed prior to becoming disabled. And your disability benefit amount computation is based upon the amount of your earnings. If you have not worked much, you may not be insured and therefore not eligible to receive disability benefits from the SSDI program.
There is one exception to this rule. If you are a disabled widow or widower, you may be able to file a disability claim based on your deceased spouse's earnings record. If you became disabled within the precribed period, and are between the ages of 50 and 60, you may be eligible to file for disability on your spouse's record.
In summary, if you are widowed, disabled, and age 50-60, you should contact Social Security to see if you might be eligible to file for disability benefits.
About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.
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