Using An RFC When Applying With Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

A residual functional capacity (RFC) is a form completed by your physician. Your impairment, any related symptoms, including pain, may cause limitations of a mental and physical nature and can affect what you do when you are in a work setting. Your RFC will detail the most that you can do despite your limitations caused by cubital tunnel syndrome. If you cannot meet the criteria of a Blue Book listing, you can use an RFC to apply and be approved for disability benefits.

How To Use The RFC When You Have Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

An RFC can be beneficial for a claim for cubital tunnel syndrome. Cubital tunnel syndrome is a condition involving stretching or pressure of the ulnar nerve and can cause tingling or numbness in the small and ring fingers, weakness in the hand, and pain in the forearm. This can affect your ability to lift, grasp, use, and hold with your hand. It can also affect your hand and arm strength, which impacts your ability to perform routine tasks.

As an example, you work in a manufacturing facility and cubital tunnel syndrome affects your ability to grasp things, hold on to items, and do your job. Cubital tunnel syndrome keeps you from working and earning a living, but your condition does not meet a Blue Book listing. You may be able to use an RFC to show you cannot do your job and that you are unable to be retrained to do another job.

What To Include With Your RFC For Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

When you submit your RFC for disability claim for cubital tunnel syndrome, you should also provide hard medical evidence. You will need to provide medical documentation that confirms the diagnosis as well as the severity of the condition, how the condition affects you, your restrictions and limitations, and your treatment plan.

If you are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you will need to provide a detailed work history that covers the last 10 years. If you are applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you will need to provide proof of income as well as proof of assets. You must provide documentation that shows you qualify for SSDI or that you meet the financial criteria for the needs-based SSI program. Your disability lawyer will help you get your


Get Help With Your RFC For Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

A disability attorney can help you gather the supporting documentation that your claim needs to succeed. An attorney can also speak with your physician and ask him or her to complete an RFC to support your disability claim for cubital tunnel syndrome.

Disability lawyers take cases on a contingency basis and are not paid until the claim is approved and you are awarded disability benefits. Claimants are much more likely to be awarded disability benefits if they are represented by an attorney. Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form on this page to get a free case review for your disability claim.

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