How Collecting Unemployment Affects your Disability Claim

When a physical or mental disability affects your ability to work, it is not unreasonable to consider filing a disability claim, as well as, a claim for unemployment benefits.  However, filing for both simultaneously can be very problematic.  Why? Because, filing for both creates a direct contradiction in claims and could keep you from receiving benefits.  Understanding how collecting unemployment affects your disability claim is very important. What is the contradiction between disability and unemployment claims? When you file a social security disability claim, you are essentially representing to the government agency that you are unable to perform substantial work activities, due to a mental or physical impairment.  However, when you file a claim for unemployment benefits, you are representing to another government agency that you are ready and available to work, should you find a job that fits your skills.  Otherwise, you cannot collect unemployment benefits.  These two repr
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