Using an RFC When Applying For Disability Benefits

One of primary factors in determining if you are eligible for Social Security disability benefits is meeting a Blue Book listing. By doing so, you likely demonstrate that you medically meet the requirements to receive disability benefits. But what happens when you do not meet a Blue Book listing but you are unable to work for at least 12 months?

If this is the case for you or a loved one, you may be able to still qualify for disability benefits. To do so, you'll need to use a Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) form.

How To Use an RFC Form

An RFC form will help support that although you do not meet a Blue Book listing, you medically qualify for benefits. A doctor will fill out the RFC on your behalf. The report will include a detailed outline of your symptoms and limitations of your condition.

Within the RFC, your doctor will also explain how your condition affects your day to day activities. If you cannot lift or pull weight, sit or stand for periods of time, etc. will all be included. This will help demonstrate that you are unable to work.

Find Help For Your Claim

Along with filing your RFC, you'll need to include other information with your disability application. This includes doctors notes, test results, etc. For help with collecting the medical evidence and filing a claim, you may want to consult with a lawyer. Complete the Free Case Evaluation on this page to get in touch with a lawyer today.

For more information on using the RFC with a specific condition, see below:

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