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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Disabled Dependent of Disabled Rail Worker

(Posted December 13, 2003)

Question 347: Are benefits payable to a disabled dependent of a living disabled person who is covered by Railroad Retirement?

Answer: Not directly, but the disabled worker's benefit can be increased to include the amount the dependent would have received from Social Security if certain conditions are met. First, the worker's disability must meet the definition of disability under the Social Security Act. Then the disabled worker must meet the other requirements for a "Period of Disability" as perscribed by Social Security. Finally, the disabled dependent must meet the requirement for a disabled child's benefit under Social Security.

The local Railroad Retirement District office can assist in obtaining the required information and paperwork.

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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