If you have been a railroad worker and now find yourself unable to work because of a physical disability, you may be able to get disability benefits because of your employment. If you are uncertain what disability benefits are available, you need an experienced lawyer who will work to ensure that the railroad company treats you fairly.
At the law firm of Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P., in Houston, Texas, we represent railroad employees across the United States. Our attorneys have over 51 years of combined experience handling FELA injury claims and advising injured railroad workers regarding disability benefits. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation.
Occupational Disability Annuity
Railroad employees are entitled to disability benefits based on their length of service. If you have worked for the railroad for 240 months (20 years) and cannot perform the ordinary duties of your job, you may qualify for a disability annuity, called an occupational annuity.
To receive this compensation, you must submit an application supported by medical evidence from a licensed physician. If your application is granted, you will be required to disclose any income from other sources. If your income from those sources exceeds guidelines, your annuity will be reduced. If your application is denied, you may file an appeal.
You can handle the application process yourself, but we recommend that you retain legal counsel to ensure that your rights are protected.
Compensation for Total Disability
If you have 10 years of service as a railroad worker, you can apply for total disability benefits. Total disability requires that you show that you have a permanent medical condition that prevents you from being gainfully employed in any capacity. The amount of compensation that you receive will depend on years of service and on your age when you are granted total disability status. As with the occupation annuity, you must document your medical condition with evidence from a licensed physician.
If you have worked as a railroad employee and need legal counsel regarding disability benefits, the attorneys at Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P., can help. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation.