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After being involved in a serious car accident, I really believed that my insurance company would take care of everything. It wasn't until I finally received their settlement offer that I realized they were not on my side at all. This is when I got wise and consulted a personal injury lawyer. It was the best decision I could have made. Thanks to my attorney, not only did I learn a lot about personal injury law, but I actually got the compensation that I needed and deserved. I made a lot of mistakes after my accident, but I also learned a lot along the way. It is my hope that this blog will allow other accident victims to learn from common mistakes and get the information they need to be successful in their own personal injury claims.

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Exploring RFC And Disability Claims

by Riley Sanchez

If you are considering applying for disability benefits, you will likely encounter the issue of residual functional capacity (RFC). This term can seem complex – and it is. Having at least a small amount of knowledge about how RFC applies to your ability to be approved for Social Security benefit programs, however, can only help in your efforts. Read on to find out more.

What Is RFC?

Residual functional capacity (RFC) is a measure of how much work a person can still do despite their disability. It is determined by considering the person's physical and mental limitations, as well as their age, education, and work experience. As you might know, the Social Security Administration (SSA) requires that an applicant be unable to work at their previous job as well as any other potential jobs. The SSA uses RFC to determine whether a person is eligible for disability benefits. If a person's RFC is limited enough, they may be considered disabled and eligible for benefits.

Some Examples to Consider

Below are some examples of how RFC might be determined:

  • A person with a back injury that limits their ability to sit for long periods might have an RFC that prevents them from doing sedentary work.
  • A person with a mental illness that limits their ability to concentrate and focus might have an RFC that prevents them from doing complex or demanding work.
  • A person with a hearing impairment that limits their ability to communicate with others might have an RFC that prevents them from doing work that requires a lot of interaction with others.

The SSA uses a variety of factors to determine RFC, including medical records, functional capacity exams, and statements from treating doctors. The SSA will also consider the person's age, education, and work experience when making a determination.

If you are applying for disability benefits, it is important to understand how RFC is determined. You should be prepared to provide the SSA with all the relevant information about your medical condition and your ability to work. You may also want to consider hiring a Social Security attorney who can help you with your claim. They can help you with your initial application as well as represent you before an appeal hearing if you are turned down for benefits.

If you would like to learn more about this topic, reach out to a Social Security Disability lawyer in your area.