If someone can answer this I would appreciate it!, I got lai

Submitted by Yevgeniajay on Tue, 01/15/2013 - 22:03

If someone can answer this I would appreciate it!, I got laid off for a couple weeks, during which time my arm keeps going numb from multiple previous back and neck problems that honestly peaked during this time. Pending my Doctor app. We're he will tell me if I can work, or need to wait and heel ; If I'm collecting UE benefits I assume I just stop filling the forms out, discontinuing those benefits and begin to file for disability for what will probably will turn into maybe 6-8months. So when I'm better and I'm waiting for my union to dispatch me to a company for a job, or waiting for my previous employer to fit me back in crew( field of construction) will I be able to get back on unemployment ? I have worked steady for 15 years and have more than paid my share into the system, to think it would only be based on the most recent last years quarters would just be disappointing! I thought it would be based on just your last jobs quarterly income? Specially seeing how i have always earned and paid well above to receive max benefits, and being the claims, unemployment-Disability I would be filing are all tied together and of the same time and circumstance..? I really don't know and anyone with knowledge on the matter would be so appreciated!!?

Posted: 16 Jan 2013 10:45 Post Subject:

To claim for unemployment, you must be physically fit and seek work.
To claim for disability benefits, you must be physically unable to work.
Both are contradictory situations and cannot be claimed for at the same time.

However, you can seek for Disability During Unemployment benefits within the time period.

Posted: 16 Jan 2013 01:31 Post Subject:

Thank you, but I know they can't be filed at the same time and Im aware you must be physically fit and able to seek work. My question was being on unemoyment for a couple weeks, I will stop that and seek disability now that my doctor advises I don't go back to work. My present physical state must be fixed. So after 6-8 months when I'm healed, can I get back on unemployment until I get my job back?? Or would they say I can't for some reason??

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 03:05 Post Subject:

So after 6-8 months when I'm healed, can I get back on unemployment until I get my job back?


You will probably still be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits as a result of your current claim. And then you probably won't ever have to go back to work because Obama and the Congress just extended unemployment benefits for something like 10,000 weeks.

my arm keeps going numb from multiple previous back and neck problems


Your disability may actually be a Workers' Compensation claim. You may want to talk to your union about this. And if they are not willing to offer any assistance (like most unions don't), then you should talk to a Workers' Compensation attorney. Workers' Compensation benefits would likely be much higher than unemployment or disability benefits. The doctor bills would not come out of your pocket, and the attorney's fees are set by law and paid separately from your award, so you have nothing to lose by exploring this path -- unless you attempt to commit insurance fraud.

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 03:30 Post Subject:

Ok great information thank you! Unfortunately I have a need to be productive in some way and look forward to going back to work hopefully soon, but maybe this extension you mention is the reason I can't get through to the unemployment office after trying all day everyday for 4 days now!! It must be full of people trying to get that extension that you mention. Wow, ill never get through now. Anyway thank you much for the answers you all gave!

Posted: 20 Jan 2013 03:30 Post Subject:

I can't get through to the unemployment office after trying all day everyday for 4 days now!!


Most people would get off the couch and go to the Unemployment Office in person. If you cannot do that, they you cannot be on unemployment.

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