Unlike most U.S. employees, railroad workers are not covered by Social Security. They are covered by a separate federal agency, the Railroad Retirement Board, which is responsible for providing disability and retirement benefits.
The attorneys at Cranwell & Moore P.L.C., have extensive experience in representing railroad workers. Our Virginia law firm has helped countless workers to apply for Railroad Retirement Board benefits. If you already applied for disability benefits and were denied, our lawyers can also help you pursue an appeal.
Disability Benefits for Railroad Workers
If a railroad worker becomes disabled from working before he or she reaches retirement age, the Railroad Retirement Board can offer disability benefits. In order to qualify for a total disability award, he or she must have had at least 10 years of credible railroad service and be permanently disabled from all work.
The Railroad Retirement Board can also award occupational disability benefits if the railroad employee has at least 20 years of railroad service and is permanently disabled from his or her "regular railroad occupation." In addition, the Railroad Retirement Board offers sickness benefits for employees who are temporarily out of work due to an illness or injury.
Talk to a Virginia Railroad Disability Claims Lawyer
If you have questions concerning Railroad Retirement Board disability benefits, arrange a free initial consultation with one of our Roanoke Railroad Retirement Disability lawyers. Call our Roanoke, Virginia, office at 540-904-1621 or toll free at 888-635-6304. You can also contact Cranwell & Moore P.L.C., by e-mail.