How Does the SSA Determine Residual Functional Capacity?

How Does the SSA Determine Residual Functional Capacity?

Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits is not an easy task and many claimants will be denied on their first try. However, if enough medical evidence of a disease or physical bodily harm is submitted, a claimant has a greater chance of having their claim approved. 

When the Social Security Administration receives a claim for benefits, they will review everything thoroughly and make a determination how capable a person is to work. Determining the residual functional capacity of a person takes sufficient documentation supplied by the claimant. 

If you are considering applying for SSDI benefits in Texas, Brad Thomas is a Plano SSDI attorney that can help you with your claim. Working with a lawyer can increase the chances claimants have of getting their initial claim approved. Obtaining befits from the SSA can be a challenging undertaking. Claimants do not have to navigate the process alone. Brad Thomas, a Dallas injury attorney has represented more than 900 disability claimants across 12 states, and Brad Thomas can assist you with your efforts towards securing benefits.

What Does the SSA Look for to Determine a Person’s Residual Functional Capacity?

How Does the SSA Determine Residual Functional CapacityResidual functional capacity is what the SSA determines is the most a person can work given their condition. This is why ample medical information in a claim is so important. The more documentation that a claimant has the better their chances are of being approved for benefits. 

The SSA looks at all medical records, medical reports, and personal accounts of the way the ailment has impacted a claimant’s daily life. Medical information can come from a claimant’s own doctor as well as findings of medical examinations from independent providers. All of this information helps the SSA figure out a person’s residual functional capacity.

There are four specific areas that are evaluated when SSDI is being requested:

  1. A health condition can affect a person’s ability to engage in physical activities. Jobs that require an extended amount of time standing, crawling, kneeling, or where it is necessary to carry and move objects can be very difficult for certain people. Even sitting for long periods of time can be challenging.
  2. A person may be physically able to move and function but mentally unable to focus, have difficulty remembering, problems following instructions, or struggles dealing with other people. If a person’s mental capacity is severely limited, this will be considered by the SSA.
  3. A person’s stamina will also be reviewed. The ability of a person to hold up to consistent and regular work will be assessed.
  4. Other impairments like seizures, respiratory problems, and more will also be looked into.

It is not just enough for a person to be unable to do a job that they where they were previously employed. The SSA will look at other jobs to see if there are any alternatives that a claimant could do. Should the SSA determine that a person is unable to engage in any type of gainful employment, then benefits will likely be approved because the person will be deemed disabled.

Speak to a Texas SSDI Attorney Today

Making sure that the SSA properly assesses your residual functional capacity is important. For assistance with your SSDI claim in Fort Worth, please call Brad Thomas Law to schedule a free consultation at (972) 863-2367.