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Rail Worker Died Years Ago But No One Received Benefits
(Posted September 6, 2008)
Question 674: My dad worked for NY Central Railroad from 1942 to 1957 when he died of heart disease. My mother never applied for his benefits. There are three children surviving. Are we entitled to anything or is it too late to apply?
Answer: If neither your father nor your mother received any benefit based on your father's rail work, you and your siblings might be eligible for a Residual Lump Sum; it's roughly equal to the amount your father contributed to Railroad Retirement.
You should contact the local district office of the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) for further information. You can find the location & phone number by going to the RRB web site: www.rrb.gov.
You will need to furnish your father's Social Security number, proof of death for your father and mother, your birth certificate, and birth certificate for your siblings. Each of the children needs to file an application with the RRB.
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