Can I Still Receive Disability Benefits If I Have Been Unemployed For Many Years?
For SSI or Title XVI, yes, if you meet the financial requirements. That is a need based system. You have to basically not have income or that income will be offset and you cannot have resources in excess of $2,000 for an individual or $3,000 as a couple. For SSD or Title II, you have to have worked five out of the last ten years prior to the onset date of disability that you have been able to prove. If for example, in 2016, I want to say that I have been disabled since 2015, I have to have worked for five years out of the last ten prior to 2015, so 2005 to 2015, I would have to have five years of work. If I am filing for disability, now in 2016, but I can prove that my disability actually went back to 2010 and I worked five years from 2000 to 2010, then that would also qualify me. So, it really depends on onset of disability.