Legal Question in Disability Law in Pennsylvania

Question: Can applying for US Social Security disability adversely affect my PA Unemployment Compensation claims

I have been collecting unemployment compensation since being laid off in 10/2009.

I have been treated for upper respiratory issues

(sarkoidosis/ treatment with prednisone/oxygen) since 08/2009.

Referred to a specialist, Dr Heffelfinger, at Suburban Pulmonary.

I continue to receive long term treatment.

My last job was as a contractor/system engineer at Comcast

Though I did a good job, there were noticeable side effects from the medication,

including impaired mobility.

I was laid off in mid-October, and I believe it was due to my health.

I have been collecting PA Unemployment from 10/15/2009- present.

I have submitted each claim as follows:

Able to work- YES

Available for work- YES

This is TRUE

I have been searching for work, and have interviewed for jobs (phone and in person)

However, I do have a disability- a restriction in my mobility.

I cannot walk long distances without oxygen.

I have been unable to secure a position.

I am certain that it is due to my disability.

I continue treatment under Dr Heffelfingers supervision.

But it appears that recovery will be a long, slow process.

I need a steady income.

I have submitted a loan modification application with Chase Home Finance.

I have been contacted for information by a Social Security office from the state of PA.

I am worried.

Can my application for US SSI impact my PA UIC claims?

Asked on 5/11/10, 12:08 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Elizabeth Karnazes New York Offices of Elizabeth Karnazes

possibly, find a good social security law firm, they take contingency cases

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Answered on 5/21/10, 9:43 pm

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