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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Supplemental Sickness Insurance Payments and Personal Injury Settlements

(Posted September 7, 2005)

Question 557: While totally disabled for work, I won an appeal on a previous claim with private health insurance paid for by the railroad. The insurance company had denied the original claim. Would this award be deducted from my disability checks from Railroad Retirement? How about the proceeds from a personal injury lawsuit settlement?

Answer: Supplemental sickness insurance benefits provided by a private insurance company and paid for by a railroad employer normally do not affect Railroad Retirement benefits.

Likewise for personal injury suit settlements, unless they specifically include "pay for time lost." In that event, "pay for time lost" is considered to be creditible railroad service, and Railroad Retirement benefits are not payable until the "pay for time lost" period ends.

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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