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It is possible, but there are some things you would need to try before leaving to qualify.
If you have a health condition that was caused or aggravated by the work and you are having a hard time performing your job, let your employer know. If special accommodations, such as changing your shift or restricting lifting or standing, would enable you to keep working, ask your employer for those accommodations. You should provide your employer with a doctor’s note explaining that you need a certain accommodation due to your disability. You don’t have to give extensive medical records to your employer, but you should be prepared to offer a brief doctor’s note explaining the need for an accommodation. The employer does not have to grant your request for a “reasonable accommodation” (a term from the federal Americans with Disabilities Act) if doing so will be a significant burden. But your employer must at least discuss with you the possibility of one or more reasonable accommodations.
If you are not given an accommodation, ask your employer if there are any other positions available that you could do, given the limits of your disability. In some cases, it may seem obvious that there is no other suitable work available, but it’s a good idea to make the request anyway.
If you leave work due to a medical condition and want to receive unemployment benefits, you will need to prove that there was no other work you could have performed there.
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