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My late husband was on SSD from age 27 until his death at age 47. The benefits we and our 4 children received were a lifesaver. Although he did not work for long, I thought the benefits were quite fair. Now I am 60, and have worked at a good- paying job for 31years, and before that, I had several years of very minimal income. Since my late spouse's SSD benefits were quite high ( at the time), what should I expect a spousal (widow's) benefit to be? I don't think his "retirement" benefit will be based on his short work history because he was obviously unable to work after getting hurt. Will SS base his "retirement" on an average of what he was making when he became disabled?Sorry/complicated!
3 years ago on Understanding Social Security Disability Benefits – Who's Eligible and How it Works