We are sorry to learn of your loss. Please accept our sincere sympathy. Our records
show that you may be entitled to a Lump-Sum Death Payment (LSDP) of $255.00 on (1) record.
The Lump-Sum Death Payment is paid in the following order of priority to:
1. The surviving spouse who was living in the same household with the worker at the
time of death.
2. A surviving spouse who is entitled to or eligible for monthly benefits in the month
the worker died.
3. A child who is entitled to or eligible for benefits for the month the worker died.
If more than one child qualifies, the children share equally in the lump-sum.
What To Do Next
You should get in touch with us right away because an application for the LSDP must
be filed within two years of the insured person’s death. This time can be extended
if “good cause” is established for failure to file within the initial two-year period.
What Will Happen
If you file an application, we will review the case and make a decision. If you do
not agree with what we decide, you will be able to appeal the decision.
Suspect Social Security Fraud?
Please visit http://oig.ssa.gov/r or call the Inspector General's Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271 (TTY 1-866-501-2101).
If You Have Questions
We invite you to visit our website at www.socialsecurity.gov on the Internet to find
general information about Social Security. If you have any specific questions, you
may call us toll-free at 1-800-772-1213, or call your local Social Security office
at (2). We can answer most questions over the phone. If you are deaf or hard of hearing,
you may call our TTY number, 1-800-325-0778. You can also write or visit any Social
Security office. The office that serves your area is located at:
If you do call or visit an office, please have this letter with you. It will help
us answer your questions. Also, if you plan to visit an office, you may call ahead
to make an appointment. This will help us serve you more quickly when you arrive at