Well, generally what this means is a person has lost their job so they need to survive. They go to the unemployment office and they make an application. When you make that application you say you are ready, willing, and able to work. That is inconsistent with going to the disability office and saying you can’t work, which is basically what disability is. So that creates a problem. There are some ways around it depending upon your age. There is part time work. There is statutory definition. Sometimes it doesn’t matter, some decision makers will not pay you the disability for a period of time you’ve drawn unemployment. It’s a gamble, it’s complicated, and people really need help in sorting out what is the best for them in their situation.

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