November 29, 2011

What Does Social Security Mean By My Physical Residual Functional Capacity?

If you left an Indianapolis Social Security Disability Appeals courtroom and heard the words “physical residual functional capacity” and didn’t understand what they were talking about, you may not be alone.  Indiana Social Security disability attorney Scott Lewis can see why someone not familiar with the Social Security appeals process may not know why these terms are being used.  While the disability process may be confusing, at times it can also be predictable and some of the terms used at your hearing are usually used over and over at hearings to analyze disability claims.

In cases where you are claiming a physical disability, the Social Security Administration (SSA) usually tries to determine your residual functional capacity (RFC).  Your RFC in general terms is how much you can physically do despite the disabling condition you are experiencing.  Once it is determined what you RFC is the SSA will try to determine if you can return to your previous employment with the limitations you experience or if you cannot whether there are other occupations that exist in the economy that you can perform.

Some of the things the Social Security Administration will look at when examining your RFC may include:

  • How long you can sit, stand, and walk.
  • How much you can lift and carry.
  • Do you have postural limitations such as bending, squatting, or stooping?
  • Do you have limitations on fine or gross manipulation with your hands?

Indianapolis Social Security disability attorney Scott Lewis may attempt to get a RFC assessment completed by his client’s treating physician if necessary.  A favorable RFC by a treating physician may or may not be given weight by an Administrative Law Judge.  Mr. Lewis has found some treating physicians will not complete these forms and leave their patients on their own when trying to receive disability benefits.  If you are able to foster a good patient doctor relationship it may enhance your ability to get your physician to fill out forms that can enhance your chances of winning your Social Security disability claim.

Scott Lewis is an experienced Indiana Social Security disability attorney and represents clients with a wide variety of disabling conditions.  If you or someone yo know is struggling with their Social Security disability claim contact Mr. Lewis and his staff for your free case evaluation.  Contact the law office Scott Lewis today by calling (317) 423-8888.

 

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