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    How to Apply for Survivor Benefits under Social Security Disability

    Losing someone close to you leaves you grieving—and feeling adrift in the world. You relied on them for so much. Everything is different now. How do you even function?

    You could get help in this difficult time from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) survivor death benefits.

    If your spouse, for example, qualified for disability benefits before they died, you may be able to collect financial assistance based on their record of paying into Social Security.

    Nothing can take you back to when they were still here. But resources like SSDI survivor benefits can help you go forward.

    The Troutman & Troutman disability lawyers in Oklahoma focus on helping people get Social Security Disability. Our law firm was built around family, with a mission of caring for other families. We’ve now been serving people in Tulsa and around the state for 30 years.

    Especially when you, too, may have a qualifying disability, we can help you check your eligibility and help you apply for survivor benefits. We know this is devastating. We’re here to make sure you get some relief from the pressure you’re feeling.

    Talk to us in Tulsa and Broken Arrow, Owasso, Bartlesville, Tahlequah, Muskogee and any other Oklahoma community.

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    A woman holds a picture frame and looks down at it. Death benefits for family members of Social Security Disability recipients can range from 71.5% to full benefits.

    How Much Is Available in Social Security Disability Death Benefits?

    Depending on your age and situation, including your own disability status, you could get different portions of the benefits of your deceased spouse:

    • You’re at full retirement age: 100% of their benefits
    • Between 60 and full retirement: 71.5% to 99%
    • You’re in your 50s and also have a disability recognized by Social Security: 71.5%
    • You’re taking care of a child under 16, or a child with a disability: 75%

    When multiple family members—spouses, children, parents—claim benefits from their late relative’s Social Security account, the government will put a cap on the total amount the whole family can receive and adjust the levels for each person accordingly.

    Social Security also provides a separate, one-time death benefit payment of $255 for a spouse or child under 18.

    If your family member qualified for retirement benefits from Social Security instead of disability, you could collect retirement death benefits.

    To get survivor benefits, you’ll need to send documents such as proof of death, your marriage certificate, birth certificates, your medical history, U.S. citizenship documents, tax forms, and divorce documents when that applies.

    Particularly if you also need to show that you have a disability under Social Security’s rules, talk to the Tulsa disability lawyers at Troutman & Troutman. Proving disability claims is what we do every day.

    Let’s make sure you get the maximum amount of support possible to steady yourself after the loss of a loved one.

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    Disability Attorneys Answer Your Questions about Social Security

    Your life has been disrupted by health problems. You’ve had to leave work. You’re worried about money. Social Security Disability benefits can provide relief, but they’re complicated. You’ve got a lot of questions. The Troutman & Troutman Tulsa disability lawyers have answers.

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