Sayre, OK asked in Social Security for Oklahoma

Q: Hi , my daughter has been sick since she was 12 years old ,she was 44 at her death, she has a rare form of MS,

She has been on SSI since she was 19 ,she never worked, she has a 14 yr old son , I was told he would not qualify for survivor benefits cause she never worked , is this tru

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Elizabeth Fowler Lunn
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A: Typically a child is not eligible for benefits unless the deceased parent worked and was eligible for benefits on their own work record. If your daughter was on SSI then her child would not be eligible for benefits on her record. The child may be eligible for benefits on their father's record if he is disabled and/or deceased and worked.

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