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What Are My Options Since Terminated Before Filing For Disability Benefits?

After a very bad car accident in 2009, I developed an addiction to a prescription painkiller. I am currently seeking medical help. Unfortunately, my addiction affected my performance at work and I was terminated by my employer. I never got the chance to file for disability benefits and I currently have no source of income. What are my options?
Disability Benefits - Question 29
Even though you were terminated from your job, you may still be able to claim disability benefits if are able to obtain medical evidence that you were disabled from performing your job as a result of your addiction. This may be difficult in circumstances where you have never reported any medical conditions to your employer as generally speaking, the claim for disability benefits should be made while you are still an active employee. Depending on the circumstances leading up to your dismissal, this is something that could be looked into. If you find yourself in this situation, you should not delay seeking legal advice from a disability lawyer that is also familiar with the employment aspects of this type of a claim.
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