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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Refusing Medical Advice; Effect on Occupational Disability Benefits

(Posted May 30, 2004)

Question 458: I have an upper back injury and my doctor suggests surgery. I personally don't believe in surgery if a chiropractor could help or maybe fix the problem. Would this affect the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) granting me an occupational disability annuity? I have thirty-one and one half years railroad service.

Answer: If the recommended surgery could improve your physical condition to the point that you can perform your railroad job without disability, it could affect the RRB decision in your case.

You really need to ask the RRB about this so you will know the impact if you do not have surgery on your back.


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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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