A-The Social Security Administration states that if you are seeking disability benefits you must have worked 5 out of the last 10 years where you have contributes FICA taxes to the Federal Government. If you are self-employed there are self-employed taxes, but most of the people seeking Social Security Disability Income Benefits have worked for a company. If you worked under the table, and you did not contribute to the system, you will get nothing out of the system.
You must apply for benefits within 5 years after the date you became disabled. If you wait until after this time to apply for benefits you must demonstrate that you were disabled at some point within the 5 years of the time of you became disabled.
If you cannot prove that you were disabled until after your date last insured, you cannot win your case-you will not win the benefits.