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The residual functional capacity (RFC) form is an assessment of your ability to perform work-related activities considering all of your medical conditions. The RFC is a staple item in disability claims.
There are many types of RFCs. Some RFCs relate to physical impairments while others relate to mental impairments. Some medical impairments have an RFC form that relates specifically to that condition. But regardless of the medical condition you suffer from, it is important to encourage your medical provider to fill out these forms.
So, what if you have more than one doctor? The doctor best equipped to answer the questions related to your conditions should complete the RFC. For example, if you suffer from a heart condition and have both a general practitioner and a cardiologist, the cardiologist should complete the RFC if it specifically relates to your heart condition. If your cardiologist is unable or unwilling to complete the RFC, you should also ask your general practitioner.
The following list contains important information to consider when the Social Security Administration evaluates an RFC:
It is important to remember that RFCs must not only reflect your inability to perform your past work but also any other type of work that you could perform. Many jobs must be eliminated in order for you to be found disabled under the law.
Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law