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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Questions About Disability Payments

(Posted April 5, 2003)

Question 237: I have some questions about disability benefits under Railroad Retirement. Do Occupational Disability and Total & Permanent Disability pay the same amount? Can you receive early Medicare under either? If I refuse to have surgery to correct my condition, will that disqualify me from getting disability benefits?

Answer: All retirement and disability benefits are calculated the same way.

The RRB's decision on disability is based on objective medical and clinical findings of your physical condition, and how your physical condition impacts your ability to do a job. Refusing to have corrective surgery is not, in itself, a disqualifier.

Please see Q&A 15 of this column for a discussion of early Medicare for disabled workers. See also Q&A 32 for a discussion on the disability evaluation process.

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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