Unemployment and Social Security Disability Benefits in Detroit
When you’re struggling with serious medical conditions, and you can’t work, Social Security disability benefits could provide essential income. But can you also get unemployment?
It’s possible, but tricky.
Receiving unemployment benefits suggests you’re both looking for work and capable of working. Social Security disability is based on the fact that you can’t work. By filing for both, you could be sending conflicting signals.
But many factors come into play that could benefit you.
An attorney from Levine Benjamin Law Firm can help you navigate Social Security disability and unemployment. We’ve helped more than 50,000 people win disability benefits in all kinds of situations.
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When You Can Receive Both Disability and Unemployment Benefits
Not everything is black and white when it comes to Social Security disability and unemployment.
These factors can help you qualify for both:
- Social Security doesn’t have any specific rules prohibiting you from collecting disability benefits while getting unemployment.
- Social Security allows you to be able to work a minimal amount and still qualify for disability benefits.
- Many states don’t require you to seek a full-time job in order to get unemployment.
Since you’re allowed to work a minimal amount under disability rules—and you don’t necessarily have to be looking for a full-time job under unemployment rules—you might in fact not have any conflict by getting both at the same time.
If your disability case goes to the level of a hearing with a Social Security administrative law judge, sometimes it comes down to the judge’s preference about whether you should still get disability checks while on unemployment.
How to Win Your Social Security Disability Case
These are some key strategies you’ll need to qualify for disability alongside unemployment:
- Provide medical documents that explain your mental or physical conditions, so it’s clear you have a legitimate disability, and you’re not trying to game the system.
- Don’t pursue any type of work that could worsen your health problems. Not only is that better for your well-being, but Social Security might think holding such a job means your disability isn’t serious.
- Don’t give up. Most people now receiving disability benefits were denied on their initial application. Appeals are often when you win benefits.
No two cases are exactly alike—and combining disability benefits with unemployment makes your case even more complicated—so it’s in your best interest to seek out a Social Security disability attorney.
A Levine Benjamin attorney can determine what you need to do to maximize every kind of benefit available to you.
We’ll provide a free evaluation of your case.