Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Lesson in Social Security Disability Terms: What is Technical Denial?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) issues a technical denial to an applicant who fails to meet the non-medical requirements of the disability benefit program he or she is applying for. Receiving a technical denial means that your application will not proceed to evaluation for a medical determination.

For Social Security disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, the SSA may issue a ‘technical denial’ based on the following factors:

The applicant is currently working and have earnings above the substantial gainful activity (SGA) limit. For 2017, the SGA is set at $1,170 for applicants with sight and $1,950 for visually impaired applicants.
The claimant hasn’t worked long enough to be covered under the Social Security disability program.
The claimant was not found disabled before the date they were last insured

That said to meet the SSDI benefits’ technical eligibility requirements, the applicant must:
Unable to find gainful employment because of his or her disability or unable to earn greater than the SGA set by the SSA
Have accumulated sufficient work credits within the 10 years prior to being disabled

Failure to meet any of these requirements is enough to merit a ‘technical denial’ regardless if the applicant’s disability qualifies for SSDI. That said, a technical denial can be appealed if the claimant discovers that the SSA made an error in evaluating income or assets, or if the denial was due to a missing document or an error with the paperwork. If you want to appeal your denial, discuss your intention with a well-versed Social Security disability attorney.

You will have 60 days from the date of the technical denial to file an appeal, so talk to an attorney as soon as possible if you think you have a chance.


What Is a Technical Denial in a Disability Case?, DisabilitySecrets.com

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