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Filing for a Disability Benefit
(Posted February 26, 2004)
Question 388: Is the filing process different for occupational disability as compared to permanent disability? I have been prevented from returning to work by my employer due to my disability, but I also qualify for permanent disability.
Answer: The filing process is essentially the same for the disabled worker. If you meet the age and service requirements for occupational disability, the Railroad Retirement Board first will consider you for that benefit, even if you are more seriously disabled for any job.
Usually the RRB needs to develop more medical evidence to proved total and permanent disability. But the application process is the same.
Because you have been disqualified by the railroad, you should contact the RRB and file for a disability benefit.
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