A technical denial, also called a “non-medical denial” means that the applicant was denied for non-medical reasons. According to public records, this type of denial accounts for about half of all Social Security Disability denials. Applicants will usually be notified about this denial by mail.
Reason that an applicant may receive this type of denial include the following:
A) Applicant Does Not Have Sufficient Work Credits
To receive benefits an applicant must work and contribute to the Social Security system for a number of years. However, there are exceptions and every case is unique so it is important to go over your claim with a professional attorney.
B) Applicant May Not Have Worked Enough in Recent Years
If it is determined that the applicant did not work enough in recent years then the applicant may be denied. It is important to remember that appeals can be made. It is also important that you do it correctly from the start.
C) Applicant Could Not Be Reached
If Social Security reaches out to an applicant and cannot contact them, then their claim may be denied. It is important that the applicant has a means of communication, ie., mailing address and/or phone number.
SSI (Supplemental Security Income benefits) are available to individuals who do not have enough work credits to qualify. These individuals may be people that, through no fault of their own, could not and cannot work. Also, people over 65 without the ability to earn a substantial income can apply. Individuals and couples may be denied if they have more than $2,000 in assets ($3,000 for couples).
Appealing a technical denial must be done within 60 days. It is important that a denied applicant find a qualified attorney to help in their appeal.