Physical Vs. Mental RFC Evaluations for Sarpy County Disability Claims

If the medical condition for which you are applying for disability benefits in Sarpy County doesn’t meet the SSA’s standard for impairment, it will be important for your lawyer to obtain a Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) evaluation from the appropriate doctor.

If you are claiming a physical impairment, your lawyer should obtain a physical RFC evaluation that describe issues that will affect your physical performance in the workplace, such as:

  • How far you can walk.
  • How much weight you can safely lift.
  • How much weight you can safely carry.
  • How frequently you can safely lift and carry.
  • How long you can stand without needing to rest.
  • How long you are able to sit without needing to rest.
  • Your ability to bend, stoop, reach overhead, or kneel.
  • Any problems with your vision or hearing.

If you are claiming a mental illness, your mental RFC evaluation should describe issues that will affect your mental performance in the workplace, such as:

  • Your ability to comprehend, retain, and follow instructions.
  • Your ability to concentrate.
  • How long it takes you to complete typical workplace tasks.
  • Any problems with your short or long-term memory.
  • Your capacity for social interaction with coworkers and the general public.
  • How you respond to authority figures and criticism.
  • Your ability to dress appropriately and maintain proper hygiene.

If you’ve decided to file for Social Security disability, don’t wait—get a free evaluation from an experienced Sarpy County disability attorney before you file. Call our offices at 402-933-5405 today. Also, be sure to order our free report, Give Yourself the Best Chance of Winning Your Social Security Disability Case.

Sean D. Cuddigan
SSA and VA Disability Attorney in Omaha, Nebraska
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