§ 170. Disability Benefits - In General


Several different types of Social Security benefits are available on the basis of disability. First, disability insurance benefits are available to qualifying individuals on the basis of their own past earnings record. The amount of the benefit depends on that earnings history. Second, a surviving spouse can receive widow(er)s benefits prior to the eligibility age of 60 normally applicable to such benefits if he or she meets the Act's disability test. Such benefits can begin as early as age 50. Third, a child can receive benefits on the basis of the earnings record of a parent beyond the normal cutoff age for such benefits if the child meets the disability test. Finally, those who are not entitled to any of these other Social Security benefits or whose benefits are low may be eligible for Supplement Security Income disability benefits.

See generally SSA, Disability Benefits; Social Security Protection If You Become Disabled; Disability Benefits for Wounded Warriors; Benefits for Children with Disabilities; What You Need To Know When You Get Social Security Disability Benefits.


  • Related Sections:
    • Part 1
      § 150. The Different Types of Social Security Benefits - In General
      § 152. The Different Types of Social Security Benefits - Benefits Categorized According to the Worker's Situation
      § 172. Disability Benefits - Amount
      § 173. Disability Benefits - Relationship to Prior or Subsequent Benefits Received by Worker
      § 174. Disability Benefits - Benefits for Others That Are Linked To
      § 180. Disability Benefits - Disability Determination - In General
      § 181. Disability Benefits - Disability Determination - Procedure Employed
      § 182. Disability Benefits - Disability Determination - End of Disability
      § 190. How Disability Affects Non-Disability Benefits
    • Part 2
      § N 100. Disabled Worker Claiming Disability Insurance
      § N 200. SSI Disability Benefit Claim
      § N 300. Disabled Widow(er) Claiming Survivors Benefits
      § N 600. Claim Resting on Initial Finding of Disability
      § N 700. Claim Focusing on When Person Became Disabled
      § N 800. Issues of Terminating Disability Benefits - In General
      § P 000. Overall Treatment of Burden of Proof and Evidence
      § P 100. Duration of Disability
      § P 200. Claimant Engaged in Substantial Gainful Activity - In General
      § P 300. Threshold Test of Severity
      § P 400. Listed Impairment or Equivalent
      § P 500. Claimant's Ability to Perform Past Relevant Work
      § P 600. Application of Medical/Vocational Guidelines (Grid) - In General
      § P 800. Issues of Medical Evidence - In General
      § P 900. Establishing the Availability of Work Claimant Can Perform - In General
      § Q 100. Special Insured Status Test for Disability Benefits - In General
      § Q 700. Effect of Claimant's Being Confined to an Institution