Social Security Disabled Widow(er) Eligibility Criteria
A disabled widow(er) can be awarded benefits if they become disabled between age 50 to 60. The deceased spouse must have been insured for SS benefits. The surviving spouse onset of disability must be within 7 years of the date of death. There are other marriage related rules which must be satisfied. These should be reviewed with the SSA field office or your professional representative.
We always recommend that you consult with an experienced professional before contacting SSA for your disabled widow(er) claim.