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Railroad Disability Claims

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At Osterhout Berger Daley, we assist current and former railroad workers who are seeking disability benefits from the United States Railroad Retirement Board. Our team is knowledgeable about the complexities involved in railroad disability claims and is prepared to guide you through every stage of the process to help you secure the benefits you need.


Understanding the Railroad Disability Claims Process

Qualifying for Disability Benefits

If you are unable to continue working due to a disability, whether or not it is work-related, you may be eligible for disability benefits. These benefits are designed to provide support similar to that of the Social Security Act, tailored for the unique needs of railroad employees.

Understanding Complex Regulations

The application and appeals process for railroad disability benefits is governed by detailed case law and closely mirrors the structure of Social Security benefits claims. Navigating this process without thorough knowledge of the relevant laws can be challenging.

Representation from Start to Finish

Our attorneys are prepared to assist you from the initial application to the final decision. We help with:

  • Filing your initial application: Ensuring that all necessary documentation is complete and accurate.
  • Reconsideration and Appeals: Managing the reconsideration process if your initial claim is denied, and preparing for further appeals.
  • Hearings: Representing you at hearings before a Hearing Officer of the Railroad Retirement Board.

Advocacy at Hearings

During hearings, expert testimony may be presented regarding what work, if any, you may still be capable of performing. Our attorneys are experienced in addressing these experts to effectively present the impact of your disability.

Advocacy at the Board

If you are dissatisfied with your claim at the hearing level, our attorneys are prepared to assist you further in appealing to the three-member Board, which heads the Agency.  Our attorneys are experienced in drafting effective memoranda related to the hearing officer’s prior decision and will see your case through this stage.

Appeals Beyond the Railroad Retirement Board

Should your claim be denied by the Railroad Retirement Board, we are prepared to continue advocating for you by appealing directly to the Circuit Court of Appeals. We understand the importance of pursuing your claim through all available avenues.


Why Choose Osterhout Berger Daley?

Choosing Osterhout Berger Daley means selecting a team that is committed to assisting you with your railroad disability claim. We provide knowledgeable guidance and representation for our clients, ensuring your rights are protected and your case is handled effectively.

Contact Osterhout Berger Daley today to discuss your railroad disability claim and explore how we can assist you in navigating this complex process. Our team is ready to support you at every step, ensuring your rights are safeguarded and your needs are met.


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