Can My Dependents Get Benefits if I’m on Disability? - Yahoo!
The short answer is, probably yes – if they meet certain eligibility criteria. When a worker becomes fully disabled before reaching full retirement age, the worker can apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits to sustain them financially while they are disabled. If that worker has family members who are dependents – such as a minor child or children, and a spouse (or even an ex-spouse), and those dependents satisfy certain eligibility criteria (including age restrictions), then the dependents may, indeed, be eligible for benefits from the disabled worker’s record. Note there is a maximum amount (called the Family Maximum) which can be paid from a single individual’s Social Security record, but all dependents who qualify can get Social Security benefits from a disabled worker. All of this is explained in this Yahoo! article by Mark Hendricks. Click here to read more.
Also, if you’re unsure about how these basics apply to you, or if you have any questions about your individual situation under Social Security, note that the AMAC Foundation provides a free-to-the-public advisory service to help Americans navigate the complexities of this program. Learn more about it here…