An Example of a Technical Denial for Disability Benefits — And What to Do Next

by | Aug 22, 2023 | SSD Denials and Appeals

It is important to know what is an example of a technical denial for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. If you recently applied for disability benefits and found that the Social Security Administration (SSA) denied your claim for non-medical reasons, this means that your application did not meet the technical requirements necessary to be eligible for SSD benefits.

If you recently received a technical denial, please complete this form to get started on an appeal using our experienced team to help with your application.

What is a Technical Denial for Disability Benefits?

A technical denial occurs when the Disability Determination Services (DDS) issues a denial based on a non-medical requirement necessary to be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

Even if you meet the medical requirements to be eligible for either Social Security Disability benefits program, the Social Security Administration will not review your application any further if you do not meet the technical requirements.

While it is extremely common for individuals to be denied in the initial application stage, you must first make sure you meet all the technical requirements in order to appeal.

Reasons for a Technical Denial

The reasons for a technical denial depends on the program through which you are seeking to obtain assistance. Both the SSI and SSDI programs may find your claim technically denied if your condition has not stopped you from working for at least one year.

Below we have highlighted the main examples for why individuals receive a technical denial for each program.

SSI Technical Denial

  • Your income exceeds the Federal benefit rate, which is $783 per individual.
  • Your assets and resources exceed the SSI limit.

SSDI Technical Denial

  • You do have the minimum amount of work credits.
  • Your work credits did not come from recent enough work.
  • You earn about the substantial gainful activity minimum.

Contact Our Team for Technical Denial Support

The SSA guidelines may seem unclear or confusing, especially if you do not believe that you should receive a technical denial.

That is why we urge you to contact Disability Apply to work with a disability representative that can help you on your journey to receiving disability benefits. We are skilled in the appeals process to support your application and ensure that you meet all SSA eligibility guidelines.

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