A surviving spouse is entitled to social security disability benefits on the injured worker’s earning record if the following requirements are met:
1. The deceased worker must have been receiving Social Security Disability or Retirement benefits at the time of their death;
2. They must have been married for at least one year; and
3. The surviving spouse is at least 60 years old or the surviving spouse is disabled and between the age of 50 and 60.
If a spouse does not meet the above requirements they may still get benefits if they are eligible for Mother’s/Father’s Benefits.
Spousal Survival Benefits will end if he/she remarries or becomes eligible to receive significantly higher benefits based on their own earning record.
If you have questions concerning a social security claim, contact Meyer, Puklich & Merriam, P.L.C. to speak with a social security disability attorney at 952-444-9920. We offer free consultations and are conveniently located in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.