How does Social Security decide how much my disability affects me?

There is a wide range of disabilities that could qualify a person for benefits, and each has a variety of symptoms. After the Social Security Administration (SSA) has determined that you have a medically eligible illness, it will then consider how much you are affected by your condition.

While you should provide evidence of all of your limitations, the SSA is primarily concerned with how your condition affects your ability to do your job. It will usually assess your limitations in two ways: your ability to do your current job, and your ability to do any job.

Ability to Do Basic Work-Related Activities

The SSA will examine medical evidence to determine your limitations at your current job. This may include any restrictions your doctors have placed on you, such as the inability to lift over a certain amount weight,trouble using your hands, difficulty walking or standing for long periods, and an inability to use standard equipment (such as requiring a different chair or voice-assistance devices).

You will also be evaluated on your mental capacity, such as your ability to comprehend and carry out instructions, any memory problems, and if you are able to make work-related decisions without help. SSA will also examine your ability to interact with your coworkers and customers in a typical work environment.

Assigning a Residual Functional Capacity (RFC)

In order to determine your ability to do your past work or any other work, your your residual functional capacity, or RFC must first be determined. Your RFC will be used as a measurement of your capacity to perform full-time work despite your physical and/or mental limitations.

Many applicants have had their benefits claims denied because they were assigned an RFC that was far too high for their abilities. If there are gaps in your medical information or the details about your condition are incomplete, you could receive an unfavorable decision. Our Social Security disability attorneys can demonstrate to SSA how your condition affects your everyday life, getting you the benefits you rightfully deserve. Click the contact link on this page to have us investigate your case today or call us at (402) 933 5405.

 

 

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