Your Family Could Be Entitled to Social Security Benefits in Florida

If you are already receiving Florida disability benefits from Social Security, there is some good news for your family.  Your family members may also qualify for benefits on your record.

Did you know that three in 10 workers will become disabled before they retire?  When you become disabled, it can be frightening trying to figure out how to pay the bills.  If you are disabled, you may have experienced this fear – wondering how you will take care of the mortgage, car payment, grocery bills and more. 

A disability affects the entire family, which is one reason that the Social Security Administration has created what it calls “family benefits.” Eligible family members include a spouse, divorced spouse, children and a disabled child. 

The Social Security’s website states that “each family member may be eligible for a monthly benefit up to 50 percent of your disability rate.”  Keep in mind, though, that there is a limit to the amount that is paid to family members.  The total amount is based on what you currently receive in benefits and how many family members you have on your record.  Generally, your family can expect to receive approximately 50 to 80 percent of your disability benefit.

There are some things you need to be aware of when it comes to family benefits.  For example, if the sum of your disability benefits payable to you is higher than the family limit, then the family benefits will be lowered proportionately.  However, your benefit will not be changed.

If you have applied for Social Security benefits and have been denied or if you need assistance with the application process, the Daytona Beach disability lawyers at the Law Firm of Johnson & Gilbert can help you.  We know how the Social Security system works and what information you need to prove your case and secure your benefits.  Call us today at (386) 673-4412 or (800) 556-8890 for more information.