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Glossary of Social Security Disability Law Terms

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Lawful Alien Status: People admitted to the U.S. who are granted permanent authorization to work by the Accidentsand Nationalization Service (INS) or admitted to the U.S. on a temporary basis with INS authorization to work.

Life Expectancy:
1. Life expectancy at birth is a statistical measurement that projects how a society will change over time. It is the statistically determined number of years, at birth, that a person is expected to live. Currently, life expectancy for men in the US is 74.8 years and for women it is 80.1 years.
2. Life expectancy at 65 measures the number of years a person is expected to live once they reach the age of 65. It is different from life expectancy at birth, because by that age many life-threatening challenges have passed. At present, men who reach the age of 65 in this country can expect to live until the age of 81.6 years of age, and women to the age of 84.5.

Lump Sum Death Payment:
A one-time payment of $255 paid in addition to any monthly survivors insurance benefits that are due. This benefit is paid to your widow/widower or minor children.