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Collecting Social Security Benefits and Unemployment Benefits

When you file for Social Security disability benefits you are stating that you have a medical condition that prevents you from working. When you file for unemployment benefits you are stating that you are ready, willing and able to work. If you are disabled, are you still able to work?  If you are able to work, why are you applying for disability benefits? You need to be able to answer theses types of questions.


Social Security's position is that it should not force claimants to choose between applying for disability benefits and applying for unemployment benefits. The Chief Judge of Social Security issued a memorandum in 2006 advising all judges that the receipt of unemployment benefits does not preclude the receipt of disability benefits. While you can apply for both benefits, your statements to both Social Security and your state unemployment office must be truthful and consistent.

You should also be aware that many judges won't approve applications for disability benefits while the claimants are receiving unemployment benefits. In fact, President Obama's recent budget prohibits claimants from collecting both of these benefits.  And, U.S. Rep Sam Johnson introduced legislation in Congress (H.R. 1502) in April of this year with the same double dipping prohibition. 


What should you do? That is entirely up to you. There is no easy answer to the question of how you can provide for your family during the time Social Security takes to decide if you are disabled. However, a trial attorney experienced in Social Security law can help you make this decision based upon the facts in your case. Isn't it time to protect your rights and put Social Security to work for you?


Call Dale Buchanan & Associates today for a free consultation: 800-945-4950. 


And remember, there is never a fee unless we win your case.

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