Social Security Benefits and Unemployment

It is not uncommon for clients to file for both unemployment and Social Security benefits. However, receiving unemployment benefits can complicate a Social Security claim.

When a person files for unemployment benefits in the State of Michigan, they must certify that they are ready and available to perform work within their training and qualifications. If a claimant tells the Unemployment Agency that he cannot work because of his medical conditions, unemployment benefits will be denied.

On the other hand, the Social Security Administration pays benefits to claimants who are unable to perform full-time, competitive work. Some Social Security judges take issue with claimants who report that they are medically disabled while receiving unemployment benefits. These judges question the credibility of a claimant who is reporting he can work to one agency, while telling another agency that he is disabled.

However, in a 2006 Memorandum, Chief Judge Cristaudo found that receiving unemployment benefits does not automatically prevent a claimant from receiving Social Security benefits. There are circumstances when a claimant may be capable of some work, and still be disabled. Therefore, the judges should consider all of the circumstances and facts surrounding a Social Security claimant’s receipt of unemployment benefits and his search for work.

If you are receiving unemployment benefits, and have been denied Social Security benefits, it is in your best interest to contact a skilled Social Security attorney. The relationship between these two benefits is very complicated.

At McCroskey Law, we help our clients navigate through this complicated relationship. We provide our clients with detailed, personalized advice about how unemployment benefits will impact their Social Security case. We also make sure that the judges understand the specific circumstances surrounding your receipt of unemployment benefits.

If you need help with a Social Security claim, contact McCroskey Law today.

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