What Is SSDI?

Fort Lauderdale workers’ compensation attorney Nick Panebianco has not only secured groundbreaking settlements in workers’ comp cases, he has also helped many clients with their Social Security Disability Insurance claims. 

Social Security Disability Insurance – which is commonly referred to as SSDI – provides benefits for those with disabilities. In some cases, SSDI may also provide benefits to family members of the disabled claimant. 

Who is eligible for SSDI benefits?

To qualify for SSDI benefits, you must be considered to be “insured” by the Social Security Administration. What that means is that you must have spent enough time in the workforce and that the time you spent working is considered to be recent enough by the administration’s criteria (Social Security determines eligibility for benefits based on a system of credits that you earn when you are working.)  

If you qualify for Social Security disability benefits, some members of your family  might also be able to receive benefits under your claim. The family members who might qualify are limited to:

  • Your husband or wife.
  • Your divorced spouse.
  • Your children
  • Any adult children disabled before age 22

Each family member would need to submit their own application for benefits and will need to provide their own Social Security numbers as well as their birth certificates. In the case of your husband or wife, the Social Security Administration may also want to see proof of your marriage. They may also need information about any other prior marriages.

There are limits on the benefits that family members can claim individually and in total. Individuals might be able to receive a maximum of 50% of the amount of your disability benefit. That doesn’t mean they will receive that much. Determining what the amount of family benefits will be involves several factors, like how many family members are trying to claim benefits.
As you may have heard, getting qualified for Social Security Disability Benefits can be a challenge. You don’t have to go it alone. Nick Panebianco’s experience as a workman’s comp lawyer can help you get the benefits you deserve. Contact us for a free case review.