Can you file for unemployment benefits if you were hospitalized?

You can FILE for unemployment benefits but they will be paid only for the period when you were available for work. For example, if you were hospitalized between 8/01/2014 and 08/15/2014, came home and felt you could return to work on 08/20/2014, your 'waiting period' would start on 08/20/2014 (you should obtain a return to work note from your doctor).