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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Benefits for Disabled Children

(Posted June 12, 2010)

Question 758: I am a retired rail worker with two disabled children. Are they entitled to benefits after they turn 21?

Answer: Unlike Social Security, Railroad Retirement does not pay direct benefits to minor or disabled children of retired rail workers. But the children are considered in the Special Guaranty rate, and the rail worker's benefits can be increased by including eligible children in the benefit calculations.

Surviving minor or disabled children of deceased rail workers do receive direct benefits. This is the same as Social Security provides.


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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