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In order to be eligible for SDI, California's EDD states that you must meet the following requirements:
- You must be unable to do your regular or customary work for at least eight consecutive days.
- You must be employed or actively looking for work at the time you become disabled.
- You must have lost wages because of your disability or, if unemployed, have been actively looking for work.
- You must have earned at least $300 from which State Disability Insurance (SDI) deductions were withheld during a previous period.
- You must be under the care and treatment of a licensed doctor or accredited religious practitioner during the first eight days of your disability. (The beginning date of a claim can be adjusted to meet this requirement.) You must remain under care and treatment to continue receiving benefits.
- You must complete and mail a claim form within 49 days of the date you became disabled or you may lose benefits.
- Your doctor must complete the medical certification of your disability.
Provided that you meet the requirements stated above (and it seems that an individual in your circumstance would), you will be eligible for benefits. Most claimants are eligible for benefits for up to 52 weeks, provided the claimant continues to meet all elgibility requirements.
See this link for more information on filing a claim for SDI: http://www.edd.ca.gov/disability/How_to_File_a_Claim.htm
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