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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Furnishing Information To Support Disability Claim

(Posted May 18, 2003)

Question 256: I have filed for a Railroad Retirement Disability annuity. Both myself and my personal doctor have been given forms to complete. I have a very rare condition with no known cure. How do my doctor and I complete the forms correctly so the RRB will grant me a Disability benefit?

Answer: The objective of the medical reports is to give the RRB enough information to make an objective and fair evaluation of your condition and impairments-- how they affect your ability to perform the physical and mental requirements of your job.

You should start with the written description of your duties and any performance standards you have to meet to retain your position. Do the best you can to describe how your impairments affect your ability to perform the specific tasks required by your job. Your doctor should do the same.

If the RRB feels that they don't have enough medical information to make a sound decision in your case, they may ask you to be examined by a local doctor (at RRB expense) with expertise in the condition in question.

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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