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Stop, Look & Listen: Railroad Retirement Benefits Q&A

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Benefits for Adult Disabled Children

(Posted September 9, 2001)

Question 134: I took care of my dad until he died at 83. He was a retired rail worker. I was his sole caretaker and stayed with him my entire life. I am disabled and cannot work. Are there any type of survivor benefits that I can qualify for because of my disability?

Answer: An adult child can qualify for benefits if he or she was permanently disabled for any work before age 22 and is not married.

If your disability began before you were 22, you should contact the nearest office of the Railroad Retirement Board(RRB) for assistance in filing an application. You can find the office serving the area you live in by going to the RRB web site at

Important notice:

Answers are provided as general guidance on the subjects covered in the question and are not provided as legal advice to the questioner or to readers. Any legal issues should be reviewed by your legal counsel to apply the law to the particular facts of this and similar situations.

The law in this area changes frequently. Answers are believed to be correct as of the posting dates shown. The completeness or accuracy of a particular answer may be affected by changes in the law (statutes, regulations, rulings, court decisions, etc.) that occur after the date on which a particular Q&A is posted.

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