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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

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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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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