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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

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.


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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