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What they perhaps should do and what they legally have to do are two different matters, unfortunately. Unemployment is not meant to be a means of compensation when you are unable to work. That is not its function. Instead, you have to be ready, willing and able to work, and actively seeking work to be eligible.
They also use a base period to know if you are eligible. Each state does this and none of them cease counting the time frame based on the individual having been injured during that time frame.
So again, while I agree that there could perhaps be some good policy arguments with your state legislature to try and change the current law, it is the current law in every single state in the country and has been for decades (meaning that any potential challenges on these grounds have already been tried and failed).
I wish I could tell you differently here, but the state is abiding by the law.
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