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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Benefits For Disabled Children

(Posted July 16, 2003)

Question 286: I became permanently disabled at age 15. I was able to work until 25 but I have been on disability ever since. I am not married. Do I qualify for any benefits because is a retired rail worker?

Answer: One the areas in which Railroad Retirement differs from Social Security is that Railroad Retirement does not provide direct benefits to children of living retired workers. But it can increase the retired worker's benefit under a special Social Security Guaranty provision if the worker has an unmarried child who was permanently disabled before age 22.

Your father should contact the RRB to see if your condition will entitle him to a benefit increase. If you are eligible to be included in his annuity calculation, then it might entitle you to survivor benefits following his death.

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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