What will happen if I file for Social Security Disability while receiving Unemployment Compensation in Arkansas?
I meet the listing for Asthma under Social Security Disability guidelines -- I've been hospitalized twice in the last year for over 24 hours, and have had multiple other attacks requiring physician intervention. I was notified the day I returned to work after the first hospitalization that I had been chosen for "workforce reduction". I applied for and am receiving unemployment compensation.
I contacted a lawyer who advised me that it was okay to file for disability while receiving unemployment. I would rather work, and have been looking for work. But there's a strong possibility that in any new job I take, my employer may fire me in the first year if I get sick (no FMLA protection).
I have no issues whatsoever with making sure there is no duplication of benefits -- if I were approved and received backpay for the time I received unemployment, I would be happy to pay the benefits back to whichever agency they belonged to. But I have to pay my rent!
What should I do?