Losing Spouse/Parent

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Question: My partner and father of my 4 children passed away last friday. We are not married together as married for 18 yrs. Day before he passed he fell from very high up. They sent him to dr got shot sent back to work. Next evening he had heart attack and died. Paramedic said get autopsy think it was internal bleeding. We weren't married but for my children what rights do i have?

Answer:

Your children may be able to claim Social Security Survivors benefits.
 

Your child can get benefits if he or she is your biological child, adopted child or dependent stepchild. (In some cases, your child also could be eligible for benefits on his or her grandparents’ earnings.)  To get benefits, your husband must have died after having worked long enough in a job where he or she paid Social Security taxes.   Also, children are eligible if:

·       Unmarried;
·       Younger than age 18;
·       18-19 years old and a full-time student (no higher than grade 12)
[See the full SSA publication http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10085.pdf
 

You can seek assistance with these benefits by calling the Social Security Administration. Further, if your husband’s death resulted from medical malpractice or an employer’s misconduct, you may wish to consult an attorney regarding a claim for money damages.


 

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  • My partner and father of my 4 children passed away last friday. We are not married together as married for 18 yrs. Day before he passed he fell from very high up. They sent him to dr got shot sent back to work. Next evening he had heart attack and died. Paramedic said get autopsy think it was internal bleeding. We weren't married but for my children what rights do i have?

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