A hip replacement is usually done to solve a problem that makes a person unable to walk but sometimes even after a hip replacement it can be so difficult to walk, sit, or stand that a person can’t work. If you have had a hip replacement and you can’t work you may be able to qualify for Social Security disability benefits to help you pay for things like housing and basic living expenses. There are two ways that you can qualify for disability benefits. You can meet the requirements in the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book or you can qualify with Residual Functional Capacity.
What’s Residual Functional Capacity?
Residual Functional Capacity refers to your ability to work with the limitations that you have due to your hip replacement. If you don’t meet the very strict requirements that are listed in the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book you can apply for benefits based on your RFC. The SSA will look at your age, your work history, your skill set, and the results of your RFC evaluation form to determine whether or not you can work. If they find that you can’t do any other kind of work then you will qualify for disability benefits.
How To Use the RFC When You Have A Hip Replacement
To submit a claim for disability benefits because of a hip replacement you will need to download an RFC form from the SSA website and give it to your doctor. The doctor has to answer the questions on the form and give a detailed explanation of your condition and the way that your condition makes it impossible for you to work. Then you’ll have to submit medical evidence to prove your case. If the SSA finds that your existing skills won’t transfer to another kind of job they will declare you eligible for disability benefits.
For example, if you have been working for eight years in a daycare center and your job requires that you be able to move, run, and be on your feet for long periods of time but you can’t stay on your feet or move easily because of the hip replacement you can be eligible for disability benefits.
What To Include With Your RFC For A Hip Replacement
When you apply for an RFC you will need to submit proof of your medical condition like surgical records, hospital records, X-rays, MRIs, and any other medical documentation that you have.
Get Help With Your RFC For A Hip Replacement
It can be confusing to try and figure out the best way to present your case when you’re applying for disability benefits with an RFC. Talking to an experienced attorney that specializes in Social Security cases can provide valuable insight and information to help you make your case stronger.
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