What is so Important about Maximum Residual Functional Capacity | Brandon Social Security Disability Lawyer

What is a “Maximum Residual Functional Capacity” (RFC) and why should I care about my residual functional capacity?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses the Grids to answer the question of whether you are disabled by looking at a combination of factors. These factors include what is called you residual functional capacity, age, education, and your transferable skills. It is not the simple question of whether you can work or whether any employer would hire you!

The first factor is to determine what your maximum residual functional capacity is in view of your disability.

The  Social Security Administration (SSA) use a dictionary you have never head of called the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) in evaluating your case. This isn’t a dictionary like Webster’s! The Dictionary of Occupational Titles lists all the jobs you have heard of… and many you haven’t. It also classifies the physical  demands of jobs into categories such as sedentary, light, medium, and heavy work.

In applying the Girds, the SSA first looks at the physical restrictions assigned to you by your doctor and determines whether your current physical restrictions limit you to sedentary, light, medium, or heavy work. That is why it is so very important that your doctor comment on your physical abilities in your medical records. We have your doctor fill out a physical residual functional capacity form based on your type of disability.

If your doctor won’t comment or refuses to fill out a form commenting on your physical limitations, SSA will have one of their consulting doctors estimate what your physical abilities are for disability purposes. More often than not, I see  SSA doctor assigning physical restrictions that result in you being found NOT disabled.

If your exertional limits fall between sedentary or light or even less than sedentary, the Girds do not generally apply. Unless the Grids directing the SSA find you disabled, you want OUT of the Grids. The way to do that is fully develop with your doctor’s help your true level of physical functioning and physical restrictions and limitations. For more information, and for more help with your claim, click here or call 727-894-3188.

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