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Claiming Sickness Benefits - Slide 9

Claiming Sickness Benefits

Text Version:  Claiming Sickness Benefits

  • Secure and complete employee's portion of sickness application.
  • Have doctor complete doctor's portion promptly.
  • Mail form to the RRB in Chicago within 7 days of becoming sick or injured.
  • Claim forms then mailed to employee and returned to local RRB field office; also available for completion online.


  • Applications received after 10 days but within 30 days of first day for which employee wishes to claim benefits are generally considered timely filed if there is a good reason for the delay.
  • Claims must be received at the RRB within 30 days of the last day of the claim period, or within 30 days of the date the claim form was mailed to the claimant or made available online, whichever is later.
  • Initial sickness claim must begin with 4 consecutive days of sickness and contain at least 5 days of sickness in order to satisfy waiting period.
  • Most delays in sickness benefit payments occur because doctors do not complete and submit forms promptly. This applies to the initial doctor's form, as well as subsequent forms needed to continue payments.
  • Claimants required to enroll in Direct Deposit.
  • Applications and doctors' statements must be submitted by mail.
  • To file claims electronically, employees must first establish an RRB Internet Services account. Instructions for establishing an online account can be found in the "Benefit Online Services Login" section on the www.rrb.gov home page. For security purposes, first-time users must apply for a Password Request Code (PRC). The agency automatically mails a PRC to any employee who files a paper application for unemployment or sickness benefits. If an individual has not received a PRC, they can request one by clicking the appropriate box on the home page. They will then receive the PRC by mail at their home address in about 10 days.

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Date posted: 08/07/2014
Date updated: 08/07/2014