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What if you make too much when You Apply for Disability Benefits? (Technical Denials)

Initially, Social Security must make a determination regarding non-medical disability criteria. For instance, if an individual is still working over the SGA amount (a monthly monetary amount that Social Security deems to be substantial and which indicates that a person is able to work), the disability claim will be a technical denial. This is a type of a decision that does not involve evaluating a person's medical records--technical denials are usually issued very quickly.

Technical denials may be given when a person is working and earning too much when they apply for disability, or when they lack insured status for social security disability (have not paid enough into the system to qualify), or have too much income or assets to qualify for SSI disability, which is a need-based disability program.

Essentially, technical denials will never be sent by the social security administration to the state disability processing agency (in most states, this agency is called disability determination services) for a medical determination because, in those instances, a person has not met the necessary non-medical requirements and further disability criteria that allows them to file a disability claim with the social security administration.

However, if the disability claim meets the non-medical criteria (meaning they are eligible to file for either social security disability or SSI), then the disability claim is sent to the state agency responsible for Social Security disability decisions and a medical determination will be made.

The state agency uses disability examiners, vocational experts, and physicians to make medical decisions in accordance with Social Security Disability and SSI criteria. The disability-processing agency must follow strict guidelines set forth by congress to determine if an individual is disabled according to Social Security rules and regulations.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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If I Get Denied Twice For SSD or SSI Disability, What Do I Do?
What if my Disability Application is denied?
What is a Social Security Disability Denial based on?
How Many Times Will Social Security Disability Deny You before You Get Approved for Disability?
If you are Denied for Disability, Should you File a new Application or File an Appeal of the Denial?
What does a Disability Denial Letter from Social Security say?
What Are The Reasons For Social Security Disability Cases Being Denied?
If You Get Denied For Disability Should You appeal Or file A New Claim?
What if you get denied for disability multiple times?
If you get denied on a disability application do you have to file a new application?
Social Security Disability, SSI, and autoimmune disorders
Social Security Disability qualifications

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria