Many people who are working in Georgia are supporting more than just themselves. They are also supporting their spouses, children and potentially other dependents. These family members rely on the workers' jobs and income as much or even more than the worker themselves. This is because sometimes family members are disable themselves and unable to work as a result. So, if the worker passes away and they lose that income, it can be very difficult.
However, widows, widowers and surviving divorced spouses with disabilities may be able to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, if they qualify, based on the workers' contributions to Social Security while they were working. In addition to that requirement the widow or widower must be between the ages of 50 and 60. They also must meet the requirements for having a disability that is covered by SSDI benefits. Finally, the disability must have started before the worker's death or within 7 years after the worker passes away.
The widow or widower would still need to go through the application process just like the worker though. This includes providing the proper medical documentation to demonstrate they meet the requirements for having a disability covered by SSDI. This can be a long and complicated process and ensuring people have the proper documentation can be confusing. But, these SSDI benefits are still important, and it is important to go through the process.
Losing a loved one in Georgia is difficult both emotionally and financially. This is especially true if a surviving spouse is disabled and unable to work. If people find themselves in this unfortunate position, they may be entitled to SSDI benefits, which can be valuable and help them with at least the financial problems that may be created.