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Glossary of Social Security Disability Law Terms

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Base Years: A wage earner’s base years for computing Social Security benefits are the years after 1950 up to the year of entitlement. For a survivor’s claim, the base years include the year of the worker’s death.

Benefits: Retirement, Disability, Dependents, Survivors and Medicare are the five (5) categories within the Social Security system that you may receive benefits under.

Beneficiary: Anyone who receives Social Security benefits.