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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Retirement Following On-the-Job Injury

(Posted July 16, 2004)

Question 486: Can I retire due to an on-the-job injury?

Answer: The qualifications for retiring on disability are the same regardless of the cause of the disabling condition. You can get a copy of the current disability criteria from any RRB office.

An on-duty job injury is treated differently in the railroad industry than in most industries and businesses. Rail jobs are not covered by state workers' compensation programs. Instead, an injured rail worker must sue the rail employer in federal court to recover any damages. The Railroad Retirement Board usually waits until the suit is settled before granting a disability annuity.

Also, there are limited opportunities for rehabilitation, because
there are limitied opportunities to transfer between the various rail crafts.

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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