Using An RFC When Applying For Disability Benefits With Osteopenia

A residual functional capacity (RFC) form identifies how your current medical conditions and the limitations you suffer because of them prevent you from meeting mental, physical, sensory, and other workplace requirements. The RFC is usually completed by a disability determination services (DDS) physician but can be treated by your treating healthcare provider.

If you have osteopenia, which occurs when you lose bone mass and your bones get weaker leading to brittle bones because of the calcium loss, you may be unable to work. If your condition does not meet the criteria of a Blue Book listing, you can use an RFC to apply for disability benefits.

How To Use The RFC When You Have Osteopenia

The RFC can be used for osteopenia detailing the broken bones that you have suffered and your fragility. Your bones could become so fragile that you suffer broken bones just from hitting an arm against something or from bending over or lifting things.

As an example, you are a 60-year-old warehouse worker. You suffer from osteopenia and have had multiple broken bones. You are no longer able to lift boxes, bend over, or pull on crates. Your past broken bones have led to arthritis that cause constant pain and you are unable to stand for long periods. You cannot meet the Blue Book listing, but you may be able to use an RFC to show that you are unable to do your job and that you cannot be retrained for another job.

What To Include With Your RFC For Osteopenia

When you submit your RFC, you will need to provide supporting medical documentation. You will need to provide copies of scans and images that confirm your diagnosis, medical records that show past fractures and any complications that you have suffered, as well as physician notes that detail any restrictions or limitations.

If you are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you will need to provide a detailed work history for the last 10 years to show that you have earned enough credits to qualify for SSDI. To qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you will need to provide proof of income and proof of assets to show that you meet the financial criteria.

What is an RFC and Why Should I Obtain One from My Doctor?

Get Help With Your RFC For Osteopenia

If you are unable to work because of osteopenia, you should enlist the help of a disability attorney. Claimants who are represented by a lawyer are much more likely to get claim approval. Disability lawyers take cases on a contingency basis, so your lawyer will not be paid until your claim is approved and you recover compensation.

If you are unable to work because of osteopenia and you are ready to get your disability claim underway, complete the Free Case Evaluation Form and share the details of your claim with an attorney. A lawyer will be able to help you gather supporting evidence, medical documentation, and get the RFC completed to help you with your disability claim.

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