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Do family members of a disabled person get benefits in Ohio?

On Behalf of | Jan 13, 2016 | Qualifying For SSD/SSI Benefits

We’ve discussed quite a bit about how a disabled individual in Ohio may go about qualifying for either Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits. From the definition of disability, to the type and amount of evidence that may be required for certain illnesses, to how working a little may affect one’s benefits, there’s a lot of information to absorb. There is one other issue that many people wonder about when it comes to disability benefits. That is, can members of a disabled person’s family receive benefits based on the disabled person’s social security case?

According to a publication by the Social Security Administration, legal spouses may qualify for benefits in one of two ways. First, if he or she is over the age of 62, a spouse may qualify to receive some benefits. Second, the spouse may receive benefits if the spouse is caring for the disabled person’s child, and that child is under 16 and otherwise eligible to receive benefits under the disabled person’s record.

Legal children of the disabled person may also qualify for some benefits in this situation. To do so, the child needs to be under the age of 18, 18 or 19 years old and still in high school or elementary school or over 18 and severely disabled with a disability that began before the child turned 22.

Generally speaking, family members may receive up to half of the disabled person’s benefit amount, though there is a cap on how much any one family can receive, which is usually somewhere between 150 to 180 percent of the disabled person’s benefit. It is important to remember that this is general information and that whether family members qualify for benefits may vary widely depending on the circumstances of each case. People with questions regarding SSDI or SSI eligibility may wish to consider contacting an experienced Ohio disability lawyer.