With losses of jobs, many people file for Unemployment Benefits, while others turn to Social Security Disability benefits. A few do both. Here are some tips:
1. To receive unemployment in Tennessee, you must certify that you are READY to work, ABLE to work and LOOKING for work.
2. To receive Social Security Disability benefits, you must certify that you are UNABLE to work.
A person cannot have it both ways. If you elect to receive unemployment, you cannot claim to be disabled at the same time. In my experience, the Social Security judges take a dim view of people who take unemployment benefits, then ask for disability benefits at the same time. The Judges believe someone who does that is either lying to the State, or lying to the Federal government.
Get a free consultation and talk to us before filing for any benefit if you think you cannot work.