If you become disabled more than 14 days after your last day of covered New Jersey employment, your disability claim is processed under the Disability During Unemployment Program. Claims filed under this program are governed by both the Unemployment Compensation and Disability Benefits Laws. To qualify for benefits under this program, you must meet all the requirements of the Unemployment Compensation Law with the exception of ability to work. You must also be totally disabled and be under the care of a legally licensed physician, dentist, podiatrist, optometrist, chiropractor, psychologist or advanced practice nurse.
Claims for Disability During Unemployment are filed by mail. Complete insructions for filing your claim are included on the application. Read all of the instructions carefully before completing the claim form.
The application for benefits consists of three parts. It should be completed by you, your treating physician and the employers you have worked for in the last six months. If the claim is submitted to us with missing information or without information from your physician or employers, it will take longer to process. The claim must be submitted to our office within 30 days of your first day of disability. If you mail a claim late, provide a written explanation as to why the claim was delayed.
You must include your name and Social Security number on all forms and correspondence.