How Social Security Assess Your Residual Functional Capacity (RFC)

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After experiencing an injury and working through the processes of filing to earn disability, there is still more work to be done. After claiming disability the Social Security Administration hires a disability performs an assessment to see your physical and mental capabilities with your disability determination service to review your case to reveal what you can and cannot do. Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) is the most work you can do and the nature of the work you can do all while keeping in mind your disability.

The Social Security Administration assess your claim by hiring a claims examiner that will look over all of the medical information they have for your case in order to determine your medical eligibility for disability benefits. They will look over reports or letters from your doctors, witness statements, and records regarding your employment when determining your capability.

It is important to remember that disabilities don’t just include physical injuries, but also mental impairments. A condition that leads to reduced ability to remember and understand information, or respond to coworkers can also make you eligible for disability benefits. A claims examiner will review your separate medical conditions as a whole to determine if you will be able to work effectively. This examiner may find that you have no problem typing at a computer, but you have a hard time lifting heavy boxes or vice versa. It all really depends on your disability.

It is very important to understand that a claims examiner can only review the medical records that they are provided with. If you forget to include a document or do not have all the information, the results could be horrible. It is very important to consider involving an attorney to make sure the claims examiner has the full picture. If they do not get a full understanding of your medical condition they might determine that you are able to do a type of work that you actually cannot do. To learn more and to schedule a free consultation, please call us at (813) 872-0929.

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