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Survivor Benefits for Widows and Widowers

Social Security Disability (SSD or SSDI) includes survivor benefits for widows and widowers. If you are a disabled widow or widower of a person who received SSD benefits, you may be entitled to their disability benefits.

Who is Eligible for Disabled Widow or Widower Benefits?

As a widow or widower of a SSD recipient, you may be eligible to receive their benefits if you meet three criteria:

  1. You must be between the ages of 50 and 60.
  2. You must meet the definition of disability for adults. For more information, visit the Social Security Administration.
  3. Your disability started before your spouse’s death or within seven years after your spouse’s death.
How Do I Apply for Disability Benefits?

You can begin the process by contacting your local Social Security office and completing an Adult Disability Report. Social Security uses the same definition of disability for widows and widowers as it does for workers. If your initial application is denied, The Lawyers of Brown & Roberto can help you appeal the decision.

Schedule a Free Consultation Today

Give us a call at (865) 691-2777 or contact us through our website Brown & Roberto, PLLC to set up a free consultation. With our contingency fee arrangement, you pay no attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you. Our office is conveniently located in Knoxville with plenty of free parking available.

Client Reviews
"We tried to go through the insurance company ourselves, but they basically just laughed at us. So I got in touch with The Lawyers of Brown & Roberto. The insurance company's attitude really changed, and within a week we had our car replaced and rehabilitation going for my wife. The Lawyers of Brown & Roberto stuck in there and fought for us." J. Felver
"Had it not been for The Lawyers of Brown & Roberto, I would be in a mess. I would not have been able to handle the paper work or things that would have been required to stand in a court of law myself. They got the most that I could have gotten for any injury that I had. I was more than pleased with the settlement. They handled my case promptly and very professionally." D. Blakeman
"I would recommend The Lawyers of Brown & Roberto because they are for the client. They are extremely tough when they go to court, they keep you well informed, and they treat you as a person. They are extremely good attorneys. They changed my life. They helped my life because they believed in me. They fought for me. I thank God for them." C. Scarbrough