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March 27, 2023

If you are unable to work because of a medical condition, you may qualify for disability benefits. What if you have a family? Your dependents may be eligible to receive benefits from your claim as well. In this blog post, Watson and Carroll, LLC, PC, discusses dependents receiving benefits from your disability claim as well as if there is a limit to the number of people who can receive disability benefits from your account.

Disability Attorney in Omaha and Council Bluffs 

Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O.’s Social Security Disability team can help you secure benefits needed  to support yourself. Our caring attorneys and staff can offer support and advice as it pertains to your disability and the benefits approval process. Remember, you’re more likely to have a successful disability claim with an attorney by your side. Call us today at 402-991-2100. You also can share your story here.

Disability Benefits for Family Members

According to the SSA, each eligible family member could receive up to half of your monthly benefit payout. That means if your monthly disability check is $2,000, an eligible dependent may qualify for $1,000. 

Who is eligible for dependent benefits?

  • Your spouse is 62 or older and not entitled to higher retirement benefits on their own, or
  • Your spouse is caring for your disabled or minor child (under 16 years old), and the child is eligible for dependents benefits.

Also, your minor child who is unmarried and younger than 18 can qualify for benefits. In some cases, an adult child may qualify. For an adult child to qualify, the following must apply – 

  • Your adult child is disabled, and the disability began before the child turned 22.
  • Your child is a full-time high school student under the age of 19. Benefits will usually continue until graduation or two months after your child’s 19th birthday, whichever comes first.

Dependent grandchildren may also qualify for benefits:

  • Your grandchild’s parents must be deceased or disabled.
  • Your grandchild must have begun living with you before turning 18.
  • You must have provided at least half of your grandchild’s financial support in the year before you became eligible to receive SSDI benefits.

Payout Limitations

There is a limit for the monthly payout for each claimant. This means regardless of the number of people to draw benefits from your account, there is only a certain amount that can be paid under SSA rules. This means that if your maximum payout per month is $4,000 and you have 10 dependents, each dependent would receive less than if you had four dependents. 

Getting your claim on track

If you are ready to apply for disability benefits — or if you have problems with your claim — contact the experienced disability team Watson and Carroll, LLC, PC, today to speak with an experienced disability lawyer. 

About Watson & Carroll 

Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., is not a high-volume law firm that only speaks with clients when it is absolutely necessary. For us, it’s personal. Our team works closely with our clients and their loved ones – not only so that we understand their challenges and concerns, but so we can tailor our approach to address those factors, aggressively pursue results, and secure peace of mind. Whether it is a medical malpractice case or advocating for disability benefits, we work to protect our clients and make sure their rights are upheld. 

Our firm can help. Call 402-991-2100 or email contact@watsoncarroll.com. You also can fill out our confidential form here.

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