Handling a Disability Benefits Claim After an Applicant’s Death

Depending on the each person’s individual application and medical case, receiving an answer from the Social Security Administration (SSA) on the status of disability benefits can take over a year, and sometimes as long as two years. Unfortunately, some applicants do not live long enough to hear decision back from the SSA.

For family members dealing with a loved one’s final affairs, it is important to notify the SSA as soon as possible and file a form called a “Notice Regarding Substitution of Party Upon Death of Claimant.” As we have previously discussed, it is possible for an applicant’s spouse to collect payments after the applicant has passed away.

Once the deceased applicant’s family submits the proper paperwork, they must still wait for the SSA to come to a final decision about the applicant’s disability state prior to his or her death. if the SSA decides that the applicant qualifies for disability benefits, it will then consider the familial substitution claim and move forward from there.

Even after the initial disability benefits application is complete and submitted, there may still remain legal issues and questions ahead. In the unfortunate case of an applicant’s death prior to the SSA’s decision, an experienced Tulsa Social Security disability benefits attorney can help you understand your next steps and your rights as you move forward. Do not leave your future up to chance. Contact us online or call today for a free consultation at (918) 587-0050.



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