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How do I apply for a Social Security disability widow’s claim?

The first step in the disabled widow-widower’s claim is to contact the Social Security Administration to inquire about your potential entitlement to Social Security widow/widower’s disability benefits.

There are some factors of entitlement which must be met before you can be entitled to a disability benefit based on your deceased spouse’s earnings.

You must be between the age of 50 and 60 to apply for disabled widow-widower’s benefits. Also the widow/widower’s benefit must be higher than you own potential or current disability benefit amount. Additionally, if you are a divorced, disabled widow-widower, the above factors of entitlement still apply and you must have been married to your ex-spouse for ten years.

Once the non-medical requirements are met, you will need to provide the usual disability interview information regarding your medical or psychological conditions, and work activities. Your claim will be forwarded to the state disability agency (that handles disability determinations for the social security administration) for a medical decision if an initial medical determination is needed.

However, if you are already entitled to disability based on your own earnings or based on need (SSI), you may not be required to provide medical information for a medical decision and your claim will not be sent to the disability agency.

In these cases, Social Security will usually adopt your initial disability determination, based on your current entitlement to disability benefits.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

How do I File and Apply for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits?
How Do I Find Out How My Disability Appeal Is Going?
How Do I Apply For Disability - What Is The First Step?
Will I Qualify For SSI and How Do I Get Approved?
How do I file for my children and spouse if I am Receiving SSDI?
Social Security Hearing- How do I Request one, how long will it take?
How do I apply for a Social Security disability widow’s claim?
How do I win disability benefits in North Carolina?
How Do I Know If I Qualify For Disability in North Carolina?
What if you miss your Social Security Disability Phone Interview?

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

How to file for disability, SSD or SSI
How to file for Disability and what medical conditions qualify
How long will it take to get disability?
What if your disability gets denied?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How to get disability with a mental condition
How long for Social Security Disability Back pay
Social Security Disability SSI eligibility