What is “Maximum Residual Functional Capacity?”

 

 

The Social Security Administration evaluates your residual functionality to find out what kinds of jobs, if any, you can still do. Residual functional capacity refers to the amount of everyday stuff you can still do even with your limitations.

Specifically, maximum residual functional capacity means the maximum capacity you have to work and function on a day-to-day basis taking the limitations caused by your disability into consideration. The Social Security Administration (SSA) says, “in the age group of 18 to 49, the maximum residual functional capacity allowed to receive full Social Security disability benefits is ‘less than sedentary,’ while above age 50, qualifications may increase to sedentary, light or medium.”

What Does This Mean for Me?

In a Social Security disability case, the claimant (you) has the burden of proving what you are and are not capable of when it comes to everyday functions like sitting, standing, walking, lifting, bending, etc. If the SSA decides that you are capable of more than sedentary work as an 18 to 49 year-old, or a little more than that if you’re over 50, you’ll lose your case.

The SSA considers many things when deciding your residual functional capacity, including doctor’s comments, your past work ability, age, and physical and mental limitations. One of the most important things you will do during the case is answer questions that will help the SSA determine your residual functional capacity.

How Can “Maximum Residual Functional Capacity” Affect My Case?

Basically, this means that when you’re in the throws of a social security disability claims process, you need to show to them what you’re incapable of, regarding work and functionality. If they decide that you’re capable of more than sedentary work as an 18-49 year-old, or a little more than that if you’re over 50, you’ll lose your case. They consider many things when deciding if your residual functional capacity meets their standards, including doctors comments, your past work ability, age, and physical and mental limitations. You’re important in the case because you will answer questions that will help them determine if you qualify or not. Answer honestly, clearly, and don’t exaggerate anything.

How Can “Maximum Residual Functionality” Affect My Case?

The RFC form allows your story to be told in a more powerful, brief way that tells exactly what you can and cannot do. The judge uses the RFC and if you don’t have one, they may send you to one of their contracted doctors. Unfortunately, these doctors commonly report that claimants can do sedentary work. If this happens, your case will be lost because winning requires a less-than-sedentary restriction. An RFC completed by you and your doctor will make it more likely for the judge to see clearly that your restrictions keep you from performing a less-than-sedentary job.

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