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Residual Function Capacity in Social Security Disability Claims

Updated: Dec 4, 2019

If you’re a claimant, the person claiming to be disabled, in an SSDI claim, Social Security needs to determine your RFC. Residual function capacity is the maximum a Social Security Claimant can perform with the diagnosed impairments.

Social Security explains the definition of Residual Function Capacity as "A medical assessment of what an individual can do in a work setting in spite of the functional limitations and environmental restrictions imposed by all of his or her medically determinable impairment(s)." SSR 83-10

For example, PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder, can be an impairment, but most people can still perform a basic sedentary job with this diagnosis. A claimant must prove to Social Security that beyond the diagnosis, the symptoms create an RFC preventing any possible work.

We can provide diagnosis specific forms, known as Medical Source Statements, for your medical providers to fill out that will detail your RFC. RFC may include how long a claimant can sit, stand or walk in an 8 hour day. It also covers how much weight the claimant can lift and carry. It may also include if the claimant's performance will be off task or if the claimant will miss days because of symptoms.

Keep in mind, that the FRC form is only one of the many documents Social Security will look at to determine your SSDI claim. You need regular and consistent medical visits with well detail medical notes. If your medical notes contradict the Medical Source Statement, Social Security has the right to follow the lesser RFC.

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