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Can I collect unemployment if I quit my job due to medical

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Can I collect unemployment if I quit my job due to medical reasons? During my employment I had a partial left wrist fusion; during my rehab my left shoulder froze up. 6 months later I fell on the ice & tore my right rotor cuff which I had surgery on. At the end of my therapy it was too much to continue this line of work. I relocated to NC from Ohio to allow my daughter to assist me during my rehab. My right arm still has not gained strength & now my left shoulder is worse than my right. Can you tell me if I have any options to file for unemployment compensation. Respectfully, XXXXX XXXXX
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  JBaxLaw replied 5 years ago.

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Normally, an employee who quits a job is not entitled to unemployment. The exception is when the employee quits for "good cause." That is a standard determined by apply what a reasonable employee who desired to retain employment would do in the situation. If that reasonable employee would have no option but to quit then generally good cause is determined to be present. The issue where an employee quits due to health reasons is whether the employer would have modified work duties such that an employee could continue to work. If modification was denied or was not possible, then it is more likely that an employee will be considered to have quit for good cause. There is no definitive test, rather it is a matter to be determined by weighing all of the available evidence by the decision maker.

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