The United States Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) will pay sickness benefits to you for a certain time frame when you cannot work due to an injury. The time span for which you can be paid is based on your years of service in the rail industry. You are entitled to receive payments monthly for sickness benefits from the RRB. Ask your union representative for the forms you need, have your doctor sign the forms, then submit them to the RRB. Any monies received by you from the Railroad Retirement Board for sickness benefits must be deducted by the railroad from any settlement or jury award and paid back to the RRB. However, a disability annuity based on an inability to return to railroading after you have worked for twenty years at the railroad will not be deducted from a verdict or settlement.