An additional disability for the same non-work-related injury or illness occurring within any 12-month period of time of your prior short-term disability claim will be considered as one and the same claim. Benefits extend a maximum of 52 weeks
A new disability claim will only begin if the following two criteria are met:
- The additional disability is due to an accidental non-work-related injury or illness which is unrelated to the previous disability;
- You have returned to work for at least 200 hours of covered employment with one or more employers prior to the onset of the additional disability; and
- You meet the eligibility requirements.
An additional disability unrelated to a previous short-term disability in which you have already collected the maximum 52 weeks of benefit, requires proof that you have recovered from the previous disability and were not disabled for a period of at least 12 consecutive months before you can apply for a new short-term disability benefit.