Even if you have a qualifying disability, there is a possibility that your application for Social Security disability benefits could be denied. A technical denial in your case could mean that regardless of your disability, you are ineligible. If you received notification that you received a technical denial, it is important you talk to an attorney.
What Is a Technical Denial?
A technical denial occurs when you are denied for benefits based on a reason that was non-medical. The Social Security Administration, or SSA, uses a set process to review applications. If you are found to be ineligible at any point, the application can be denied. You will receive notification of the cause of your denial.
Can You Be Denied Benefits Based on Income?
When the SSA, receives your application for benefits, the first thing a caseworker does is review your financial information. To qualify for benefits, you cannot earn more than a certain limit. The amount for the 2015 year is $1,090. This limit can change so check with the SSA to determine what it is for the year you apply.
In the event that you earn more than the limit, you will receive a technical denial. To appeal this decision, you will need to prove that the SSA made a mistake when calculating your income. To do this, you will need to submit your financial records, such as your paycheck statements.
Can Your Work History Disqualify You for Benefits?
Another factor that is very important in determining if you are eligible for benefits how long you have worked. In order to receive benefits, you have to show that you have worked long enough to have covered your portion of the disability program. The amount of years you will need to work can vary according to age.
The SSA also looks at how recently you have worked. If you have not worked within a certain period of time, the SSA could consider you ineligible for benefits. Even if you worked for thirty years before your disability interfered and you were forced to stop working. You still have to have worked within the period outlined by the SSA. Again, this amount can vary.
Fortunately, you can ask for a reconsideration of your denial. In some instances, supplying the SSA with supporting documentation can help win the reversal of your denial. To improve your chances of successfully overturning the decision, talk to an experienced social security attorney.