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    I have been on State Disability (California) since April 19, 2010, for cancer and cancer treatment. My doctor is keeping me off work through January 1, 2011, however my State Disability benefits are exhausted as of October 19, 2010. I read that State Disability is available for 52 weeks. Does this sound like a mistake? Can anyone provide any information? Thank you.

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    It may be less if you work history has gaps. Have you worked continuously for the past few years?
    I am not an attorney, and don't play one on TV. Any information given is a description only and should be verified by your attorney.

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      Hi Alice,

      I worked continuously for more than 35 years until Sept. 2008, when my job was outsourced, and was off work until April 2009. That gap probably fits into the time frame the Disability insurance is calculated, I am guessing. I found out that I had cancer in March 2010, and was taken off work in April 2010. I was supposed to return to work November 1, however, my hemoglobin was affected by chemotherapy and radiation, and my doctor decided to keep me off til January 1. I was anticipating extension forms, did not recieve them, and as I was looking through my paperwork saw in tiny print that the funds were exhausted. Thank you.

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        You may collect up to 52 weeks of full SDI benefits, or the amount of wages in your base period, whichever is less.
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