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What is a technical denial in Social Security Disability Benefits?

What is a technical denial in Social Security Disability Benefits?

At Sharon Christie Law, a Baltimore Social Security Disability Law Firm, we are often asked the question, what is a technical denial in Social Security Disability benefits? In this video, Sharon Christie examines this question and helps provide answers to the question, what is a technical denial in Social Security Disability Benefits?

Official Transcript: What is a Technical Denial in Social Security Disability Benefits

Hi, I’m Sharon Christie your nurse attorney for Social Security disability benefits. We have many calls from people that tell us I got a technical denial of my disability claim. What does that mean?

Typically, what it means is that you applied for Social Security disability benefits but you did not have enough work credits to be able to apply for disability through Social Security. Now, remember Social Security disability payments and benefits can be available to people who have worked long enough paying their Social Security tax. If you can prove that you meet Social Security’s definition of disabled you have to have worked a total of five out of the last ten years. It doesn’t have to be five years in a row but it has to total up to five out of the last ten years unless you are a very young person who has not had the ability to be in the workplace for five out of the last ten years. Then the rules are a little less as to how long you must have worked.

You have to understand that you have to have worked a long enough period of time paying Social Security disability taxes to even be able to apply for disability. So, the general rule is that if you have worked most of your adult life and you’ve paid your Social Security tax you will be qualified to apply for Social Security disability. If you are not sure here’s what you do go to the website for Social Security which is ssa.gov and find the button to push for my account, click on that button, and if you haven’t already set up your social security account online. Go on and do it and as soon as you set up your account, you’ll be able to access the Social Security Statement. That’s the statement that tells you how much you will receive when you retire. It also tells you how much you will receive if you’re found disabled, and if you don’t have enough work credits to apply for disability it will tell you right there in the statement and it will tell you how many work credits you still need.

So technical denials in general mean that there is some technical aspect of your case that makes you unable to move forward with the case. Social Security has not looked at any medical aspects of your case, you haven’t passed the first hurdle, which is you have to meet their technical requirements and generally a technical denial is related to not having enough social security work credits. 

The Path to Social Security Disability Benefits with Sharon Christie Law

Step 1: Understanding Social Security’s Definition of Disabled

The definition of disabled, according to Social Security, is that you have severe limitations from your health problems that keep you from doing any kind of work for at least 12 consecutive months. This is the first thing we look at when evaluating your case. Your diagnosis is just the starting point. To get disability benefits for you, we must prove that your disabling condition causes severe limitations in your day to day activities.

Step 2: Medical Records in Your Disability Case

You must have medical evidence to prove your disability case. The most important evidence is your medical records that show your diagnosis, your symptoms, and your response to treatment.

Step 3: Don’t go it alone: How Sharon Christie Law Can Help You

At Sharon Christie Law, a Social Security Disability Law Firm, we recognize that no one ever plans to get so sick that they have to stop working. When you need to apply for Social Security Disability Benefits we recognize that you will be anxious about the process and whether you can qualify for disability benefits. Our goal at Sharon Christie Law is to help you win your case and give you the financial stability you need! Why work with us?

We do it all for you: At Sharon Christie Law we handle all aspects of the case for you, from preparing and filing your application through the hearing with a judge. We are with you every step of the way.  When working with us, you focus on feeling better, and we focus on winning your case.

We return your phone calls: We understand that you have many questions regarding Social Security Disability Benefits. We never want you to wonder what is happening with your case. We are here to answer your questions. All phone calls and emails are returned within 24 hours. That is our promise to you.

We believe in client education: The Social Security Disability process is confusing. We think it is important that you understand each step in the process. So, we created a section on our website that is accessible only to clients. This client’s only section tells you everything you need to know about the disability process.