The answer is yes so long as you recognize that once you do receive workers compensation benefits earmarked as indemnity payment for lost wages covering that period of time you will have to reimburse the fund. Given your delay in filing the workers compensation claim already, you may find the claim disputed. Not a good thing but this may provide for some flexibility on that and some related issues. Depending upon the severity of the injury and the manner it impacts your vocational profile you may benefit from legal counsel. This type of case is typically handled on a contingency fee basis so should not be a cash drain. You can run the specifics by me if you like. Regards. Paul
Law Offices of Paul Levin
40 Russ Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Yes, you can collect unemployment if you cannot do your regular job but are able to do some type of lighter work. Your doctor should write a note indicating that you are capable of working, but have certain restrictions (eg, no lifting over 20 pounds). You will have to show that you are looking for work every week and cannot find it in order to claim workers' compensation temporary partial benefits. As Attorney Levin stated, you will have to reimburse Unemployment when and if you collect workers compensation benefits for the same period of time.
I disagree with my colleagues. To receive unemployment benefits you have to certify that you are ready, willing and able to work. To get w.c. temporary disability benefits you have to be disabled and unable to work. I don't see how you can be both able and disabled at the same time. It seems to be you would do better to apply not for unemployment but rather for state disability. Once you do that, then I agree with my colleagues that you will eventually have to pay SDI back if you get WC. Good luck.