When you meet with your Ocala disability lawyer, one of your questions may be whether you can receive Social Security disability benefits and unemployment compensation (UC) benefits at the same time. The answer to that question depends on a variety of circumstances pertaining to your case, including the onset date of your disability and what types of work you still capable of performing despite your impairment.
Your disability onset date is the date you became disabled. Suppose you were laid off from work on the same day as the disability onset date stated on your Social Security disability application. This means that the day you qualify to begin receiving unemployment compensation (UC) is the same day you became disabled. The problem with this scenario is that by collecting UC benefits, you are telling the unemployment administration that you willing and able to begin work at any time. However, when you applied for Social Security disability benefits, you told the Social Security Administration that you were unable to work.
This conflict between claiming that you are unable to work and therefore entitled to Social Security disability benefits and also claiming that you able to work and therefore are entitled to unemployment compensation benefits is a problem and makes it difficult to claim benefits from either program.
If the above situation describes your circumstances, your Social Security disability lawyer may want to discuss whether it is appropriate to amend your onset date to a later date. However, your lawyer will want to be sure that he completely understands your situation and your impairment. Your lawyer will also discuss how your onset date was determined and whether that determination was made by you or whether a Social Security Administration claims representative suggested using your last day at work as your disability onset date.
If you would like assistance with your Social Security disability claim regarding this and other issues, contact the CJ Henry Law Firm at 352.304.5300 or visit our website at www.cjhenrylaw.com for more information.