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Who qualifies for disability Social Security benefits?



Question: My brother had an accident at work last year and is now receiving Social Security disability benefits for himself, his wife, and daughter. Before his accident, he helped support another daughter he had by a woman he never married. Is the second child entitled to some benefits as well?

Answer: Even though your brother wasn’t married to the second child’s mother, the child may qualify for Social Security benefits. Someone should file an application on the child’s behalf. If she is found to be eligible, both children would receive equal benefits. Learn more by reading our online publication, Disability Benefits, at www.socialsecurity.gov/ pubs/10029htm.


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