Had open heart surgery wondering if I could draw unemployment until I go back to work.

Q) I had open heart surgery on the 24th of April. I am going to be off for 12 weeks total . I’m not getting any short term disability. I was wondering if I could draw unemployment until I go back to work.

A) Most people will be unable to collect unemployment while they are out of work due to surgery. During your recovery, you do not meet any of the three universal eligibility criteria for unemployment compensation. Plus, you still could have a job. Temporary unemployment due to surgery is not a legitimate medical reason to file a claim for benefits in most cases. However, you may be eligible for short-term disability insurance (SDI) which can provide income when recovering from surgery or a temporary disability.

In general, you cannot receive unemployment benefits if you are unable or unavailable to work due to a medical condition or disability, including recovery from surgery. However, the specific rules vary by state, so you should check the unemployment insurance laws in your state to see if you may be eligible for benefits in your situation. You may also be eligible for other forms of assistance, such as disability benefits or leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). You should consult with your employer’s human resources department or a local benefits counselor for more information on these options.

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