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Classifying Residual Functional Capacity
Posted in: Benefits on August 17th, 2011

Probably the part in the application process for Social Security Disability Insurance that takes the longest is determining the applicants Residual Functional Capacity.  The Residual Functional Capacity is basically a fancy way of the Social Security Administration figuring out the applicant’s continued ability to work after sustaining an injury or illness that results in some sort of disability.  Of course, if your Residual Functional Capacity is found to be very high, your Disablility and workingIf you are interested in winning your Social Security Disability Insurance claim, it is important to understand how your Residual Functional Capacity is classified according to the Social Security Administration.  Knowledge is power!

The Levels of Work

Residual Functional Capacity is not just a yes or no question – just as there are levels of disability, there are levels of Residual Functional Capacity.  These levels are defined in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, or the DOT.

The long of the short of it is that there are five levels of Functional Residual Capacity: Sedentary, Light, Medium, Heavy, and Very Heavy.  If your Functional Residual Capacity is found to be equal to what it was before the disability, your claim will be denied.  If the Residual Functional Capacity is found to be less than before, you are then considered against a vocational grid that considers the applicant’s age, education, and transferability of former skills.

From these, benefits are applied or denied accordingly.

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