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What Is a Technical Denial in a Disability Case?

Published on June 26th, 2018

The majority of Social Security disability applications are denied because the applicant did not adequately prove they were too disabled to work. A smaller percentage is denied for nonmedical reasons. Referred to as a “technical denial”, these denials are eligible for appeal in front of the SSA Appeals Council.

Technical Denial in SSDI

What are Examples of an SSD Technical Denial?

Applicants who are working part-time and earning income exceeding the SSA’s “substantial gainful activity” guidelines will be denied even before SSA physicians examine medical documentation. Currently, the monthly substantial gainful activity limit established by the SSA is $1180. This amount applies to SSI and SSDI claims. If someone applies for SSI disability and makes over the SGA limit, their application will receive a technical denial.

What is a Technical Denial for an SSDI Claim?

To qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) applicants must be younger than 65 years old and have paid a specific amount of social security taxes into the system. The leading cause for receiving a technical denial for an SSDI claim is the lack of “credits” needed to qualify. Lacking enough credits means the applicant has not worked long enough to earn enough taxable income to accrue a sufficient amount of credits. For example, a 50 year old individual who has not worked at least seven years earning taxable income may not qualify for SSDI due to this technical denial.

Can a Technical Denial Be Appealed?

In most cases, they cannot be appealed because the technical denial involves length of employment and monthly income, which both require extended changes to adhere to SSA disability guidelines. However, if applicants think the SSA has made an error calculating credits or their SGA, they should contact a Social Security disability lawyer at the Law Office of Daniel Berger to receive experienced legal consultations regarding their disability case.


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