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Adult Child survivor benefits SSD

Hello my name is Karolyn, I have been disabled since 1989. I was then 19 years old. Collecting disability benefits under my fathers SS benefits. My father passed away in 2001 and I am still collecting to date,disabeled for life caused by multiple MVA's /multiple injuries. My question !! is I am the only beneficiary to collect on my father's SSD survivor benefits. Why haven't I received an increase since he passed when it say's your entilted to 50 % of his benefits since I am the only beneficiary. I only receive about 30%, In reguards to my mother.who has been deceased since 1989 and SS admin. refuses to let me collect on her benefit's which are not large. I am only receiving around $900.00 mo. at age 42 ???? Why ??? any help would be much appreciated, barely getting by !!!! Thank you......


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I'd encourage you to contact Social Security, or possibly a third party resource such as a lawyer, if you feel your benefit is too low.

How much a survivor would receive in benefits depends on the worker's average lifetime earnings. The higher the earnings were, the higher survivor benefits would be. SSA calculates a basic amount as if the worker had reached full retirement age at the he or she died.

A child under age 19 or disabled typically would receive 75 percent of that basic "full retirement" amount.

Note the average monthly Social Security benefit for a retired worker was about $1,177 at the beginning of 2011.

http://www.ssa.gov/survivorplan/onyourown5.htm

http://ssa-custhelp.ssa.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/13/

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