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Benefits For Adult Disabled Children
(Posted October 12, 2010)
Question 776: An adult disabled child of a deceased rail worker was receiving survivor benefits from Railroad Retirement along with his mother. His mother has now died. Should his benefits be increased?
Answer: As an adult surviving disabled child, his Tier 1 is 75% of his deceased father's Tier 1 and his Tier 2 is 15% of his father's Tier 2. Upon the death of his mother, it appears that his Tier 2 should be increased to 35%, which is the minimum survivor rate for the family, because he is the sole survivor.
I would suggest contacting the Railroad Retirement Board (toll-free (877) 772-5772) in order to request an adjustment in his benefits
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