What is RFC for Social Security Disability?

North Carolina Disability Social Security Attorney - Bishop Law Firm
By Kimberly BishopApril 17, 2013

When the Social Security Administration (SSA) looks at your disability claim they make a determination about what you can do despite your impairments. This determination is called an RFC (Residual Functional Capacity). An RFC is made about you at the initial, reconsideration and hearing level.

The RFC should be based on all relevant medical evidence in your file. The RFC will come from SSA's definition of sedentary, light and medium work. If you have physical limitations that affect your ability to stand, walk, use your hands, bend, etc., that should be reflected in your physical RFC.  For more information on how SSA defines those categories look here.

In addition to the physical RFC, there is also a mental RFC. The mental RFC will determine if you can do unskilled, semi-skilled or skilled work.  If you have a mental impairments that affect your ability to use judgment or perform complicated tasks that should be reflected in the SSA's RFC. For more information on unskilled, semi-skilled or skilled look here.

As discussed above, how your impairments affect your ability to work should be reflected in your RFC. That does not mean that they will be. At the Bishop Law Firm, we are experienced with how RFC affects your Social Security Disability Case. Call us today for today for a free case evaluation.


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