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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Disabled Worker with Special Needs Children

(Posted March 2, 2004)

Question 396: My husband was injured on the railroad while at work. We have 5 kids, 2 of whom are disabled. I am having a hard time working and taking care of 3 disabled people in my family. We have exhausted our resources. Can we collect any other benefits such as SSI?

Answer: I'm assuming that your husband already has filed for a Disability Annuity from Railroad Retirement after filing suit against the railroad for a settlement to compensate him for his injury. If he has been granted a "Period of Disability" by the RRB based on his physical condition, he should receive an increase in his payments under the Special Guaranty because of the disabled children.

You can contact Social Security and find out if the family can qualify for SSI or food stamps. Your State welfare agency may have other resources you can qualify for.

You might also wish to look over these web sites, run by the federal government: (click) (click)

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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