Using an RFC When Applying for Disability with Lumbar Stenosis

A residual functional capacity (RFC) is a form completed by a physician that identifies how your limitations keep you from meeting the mental, physical, sensory, and any other workplace requirements.

The questionnaire is usually completed by a physician hired by Disability Determination Services (DDS), but it can be completed by any treating physician.

If you are unable to work and earn a living because of lumbar stenosis and you are unable to meet the criteria of a Blue Book listing, you may be able to qualify for disability benefits using an RFC.

How To Use The RFC When You Have Lumbar Stenosis

Lumbar stenosis is a narrowing of the open spaces in the lower spine. It can put pressure on the spinal cord as well as the nerves that travel through the spine. This can cause pain and cramping in the legs when walking or standing for long periods.

An RFC can detail how the lumbar stenosis affects your ability to work and to perform routine tasks. As an example, you are 50 years old and work in a manufacturing setting.

The RFC can indicate that frequent rest breaks are required, that you are unable to stand for more than an hour at a time, and that the pain affects your ability to operate equipment and use your hands for long periods while you are making products.

What To Include With Your RFC For Lumbar Stenosis

When you submit your RFC with your disability claim for lumbar stenosis, you will need to provide other supporting evidence and documentation.

You will need to provide hard medical evidence that confirms the diagnosis, your treatment, and the severity of your condition as well as its impact on your ability to walk, stand, and perform work duties.

Copies of medical testing reports, such as any imaging or scans that detail the severity of the condition, should be provided for review as well.

To qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you will need to provide a detailed work history for the last 10 years.

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A disability attorney can help you through the claims process. Claimants who are represented by a lawyer are much more likely to have their claim approved.

When you enlist the help of a lawyer, you will not pay anything upfront. Your lawyer will not be compensated until your claim is approved and you are awarded disability benefits.

An attorney will help gather supporting evidence and documentation, talk with your physician and ask for the RFC to be completed, and make sure your claim form is completed in detail. Ask for a free case review today.

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