In many instances, a denial of a Social Security disability benefits application is based on the applicant's medical condition not meeting the requirements set by the Social Security Administration. However, in some instances, a technical denial is the reason for the denial. If you were denied for technical reasons, here is what you need to know.
What is a Technical Denial?
During the review process, the Social Security Administration, or SSA, assesses your application at various levels. Your medical condition is assessed after other factors, such as your income and your work history. If your application is denied before the medical condition is assessed, this is considered to be a technical denial. Once you are found to be ineligible in one of the first levels of assessment, your medical condition is never reviewed.
What Can Lead to a Technical Denial?
Technical denials are usually related to your income or work history. For instance, if you earn too much money, you could receive a technical denial. In order to receive benefits, you cannot earn more than $1,090 as of November 2015. The amount you are allowed to earn can change from year-to-year. For instance, in 2016, the income limit raises to $1,130.
A technical denial based on your work history usually results from you not having a long enough work history or not having worked within a certain timeframe. To receive disability benefits, each person is required to earn a certain number of work credits. You can earn up to four work credits for a full year of working.
The number of credits you need is based on your age. For instance, someone disabled between the ages of 31 to 42 needs 20 credits. If you do not have the credits, you can be denied benefits.
How Can You Reverse a Denial?
Reversing a technical denial is difficult, but not impossible. For instance, if you were denied benefits based on income, you can argue that the SSA did not accurately calculate your income. If you have documentation to show your actual income or can justify why certain earnings should not be included in the calculations, provide them to the SSA.
If you have received a technical denial, consult with a social security lawyer. He or she can help assess your case and determine whether or not an appeal is possible. If so, the attorney can help you appeal the SSA's decision.