Residual Functional Capacity

Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) is an evaluation of someone’s functional abilities and limitations given their particular condition. Under the Social Security Regulations, the opinion of a claim treating physician must be given significant weight in determining what a person’s functional capacity is. This will determine which working category you would fall into in terms of work capability. Often, if a judge does not give enough weight to the individual’s Residual Functional Capacity, it might not pass. Cases that go through the appeals process often do so because of this. The RFC assessment is usually necessary for the Social Security Administration to make a final decision.  Basically, it is an essential piece of evidence in establishing entitlement to benefits.

Evaluating Your RFC

The RFC assessment identifies your current limitations regarding your physical and/or psychological disabilities. Generally, a physician fills out the form. This helps bring medical expertise to the overall evaluation. Your doctor should be thorough in his evaluation because you want more medical evidence to enhance your case.

Your disability attorney can help you evaluate your SSDI application, and help you put together your application. There are many factors that make up your application, so they can help you find any inconsistencies or missing information. At D’Agostino & Associates, our competent disability lawyers can help you sort through all the details, understand what you are entitled to, and fight to get what you deserve. D’Agostino & Associates P.C. has offices in New York and New Jersey. Contact us, or call us at 1-888-245-2924 to schedule a free consultation with our personal injury attorneys.