SSDI Disabled Widow(er) Eligibility Criteria
A disabled widow(er) can be awarded benefits if they become disabled between age 50 to 60. The deceased spouse must have been insured for Social Security benefits. The surviving spouse onset of disability must be within 7 years of the date of death. There are other marriage related rules which must be satisfied. These should be reviewed with your attorney.
After eligibility has been established you must then prove that you are disabled.
The Social Security Administration defines disability as the inability to do any substantial gainful work. You must have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months. It is important to understand that you do not need to be permanently disabled. You only need to have a condition that prevents you from working for at least 12 months. When your condition improves and you’re ready to return to work the benefits can be terminated.
We always recommend that you consult with an experienced attorney before contacting SSA with disabled widow(er) questions.