How to Get Denied Without Getting Denied


Sometimes you will get a letter or website update that says “denied” even though you haven’t really been denied!

A technical denial means they haven’t looked at your medical records. They are just running into a different kind of problem.

If you receive a denial letter that does not mention a medical decision, you can contact Social Security to confirm why you were denied. Here are some other reasons why applications can be denied:

SSDI Denial

If you get a technical denial it is most likely because you did not pay enough Social Security taxes. Maybe there is nothing you can do, or maybe there is something you can do.

SSI Denial

There are a few reasons why this might happen:

  • You haven’t had your SSI interview yet. Sometimes the website says, “SSI denied” even though the person hasn’t even had their interview yet! We don’t know why this happens, but the website may just correct itself on its own. The SSI interview is a bunch of questions about your finances, bank account, rent, cars, houses, and income.
  • You didn’t apply for SSI. When you apply, there is a box that asks if you “Intend to apply for SSI.” If you are poor, you want to check this box, or you want to make sure your lawyer is checking this box for you.
  • You aren’t poor. Yep, you’ve been denied SSI. Don’t worry, your SSDI application will still continue on.

6 thoughts on “How to Get Denied Without Getting Denied”

  1. Please help me…I just checked my website and it says my application for disability was denied..nothing else or medical…does this mean a medical decision was not made yet


    1. Hi Holly, Perhaps you can give Social Security a call tomorrow to confirm. If it was denied, please don’t give up hope. Keep appealing. Your chances are much better with appeals.


      1. Can I inbox you the decision. There is nothing about medical anywhere and my estimated benefits still say pending due to applying for disability


        1. Hi Holly,

          You are welcome to send a message on facebook:

          I think that you when you get the letter in writing that is when you will get more information – they don’t give full information online.

          If you call them, it is possible that they can tell you more on the phone as well.

          I am hoping things turn out well for your case 💙


  2. Hello. TC here. So are you saying that I can get a denial for Ssi due to approval for SSDI? (Benefit app under review) medical decision made


    1. If your SSDI is above $755, you won’t be eligible for SSI ongoingly (it is slightly higher in some states).

      Sometimes you can still get some backpay from SSI, so it is worth still going to the SSI interview if they contact you for one.

      Hope your application goes well.


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