One aspect of the Social Security disability program that many people are aware of is survivor benefits. Under the agency’s survivor benefits program, dependants of a SSDI beneficiary can receive the money the beneficiary had been receiving. It is important for disabled beneficiaries with young children to understand how this works.
The survivor benefits program operates on a credit system in which one can earn up to four credits per year. On one hand, the number of credits one needs to provide benefits for survivors depends on their age of death—they younger they are, the fewer credits they need to allow family members to receive survivor benefits.