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New York Family Benefits Under Social Security

Frank J. Dito, Jr.
Car accident, personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney serving Staten Island and Brooklyn New York.

Did you know that your family members could also be entitled to Social Security benefits on your record?  Without question, a disability affects more than just one person, as it impacts the entire family.  The Social Security Administration has created what is known as family benefits to address this issue.

According to the Social Security Administration’s website, when you begin receiving your
disability benefits in New York, some of your family members may also qualify.  Eligible family members include your spouse, your divorced spouse, your children and your disabled child.

How Family Benefits Are Calculated
When calculating your family’s benefits, you need to keep in mind that there is a limit as to how much Social Security will pay.  Social Security states that “each family member may be eligible for a monthly benefit of up to 50 percent of your disability rate.”  However, the total amount paid out on your record depends not only on your benefit amount, but also the number of family members who qualify.  This amount varies, but for the most part, it is approximately 50 to 80 percent of your disability benefit.

In the situation where the total benefits payable on your record is higher than the family limit, the family benefits will be reduced, but your benefit will not be impacted.

How We Can Help
Applying for Social Security benefits can be a daunting task and often, claims are denied.  Our office will be able to assist you with the process and can help you with a disability claim denial. 
Contact The Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr. ​for more information about your case - 718-701-2776.