Why should I apply for State Disability if I am owed Workers Compensation benefits?

NEVER ACCEPT BOTH EDD BENEFITS AND WORKERS COMPENSATION FOR THE SAME PERIOD OF TIME…….

State Disability Insurance (SDI) is often paid during a period in which the workers’ compensation case is delayed or denied.  In many cases the insurance carrier will do all they can to not pay the claim and may be the reason you are looking for an attorney.  While you wait to see an attorney or if you decide to go it alone, you can apply for state disability benefits at the Employment Development Department (EDD) during these periods.  While EDD will file a lien in your case, often times most, if not all of the lien will be dropped or paid for by the defendant’s. Make sure that if the insurance carrier pays you for a past period that it is not covering a period of time paid for already by EDD.  Return the checks to the carrier and work with them or your attorney to straighten out the appropriate payments.

To apply, refer to the EDD website below or apply in person.  A doctor’s report will be required so work with your workers compensation docotr to obtain these benefits.

Unemployment Insurance (UI)- a benefit often paid by the EDD after someone has been terminated.  You are eligible for these benefits if you are able to work and available.  You usually are not entitled to UI benefits if you have a workers’ compensation claim and EDD will have you apply for SDI benefits which are for those unable to work due to a disability.

Family Leave Benefits – EDD will pay benefits for time off up to six weeks.

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