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Social Security Disability SSI - Mental and Physical Residual Functional Capacity




 
Mental and physical residual functional capacity is a medical assessment of an individualís ability to function in spite of the limitations imposed upon them by their disabling mental and/or physical conditions.

Social Security disability examiners consider your ability to meet the physical, mental, sensory, and other requirements of work, when they make their disability determinations. To that end, they will accept statements about your limitations from medical sources even if they have not formally examined you. However, your treating doctorís statement (medical source statement) can be an invaluable to your disability claim.

Social Security considers an individualís treating medical professional a more important source of information because they can provide Social Security with a unique perspective that other medical providers (i.e. hospital or acute caregivers) cannot provide.

If your treating physician provides a statement, make sure that it includes an opinion as to your ability to perform activities associated with work (i.e. your ability to walk, stand, lift, bend, see, hear, etc. if your disability is physical -- ability to interact with coworkers, public, and supervisors, remember directions, follow instructions, etc. if your disabling condition is mental).

They will also consider descriptions and observations with regard to the limitations caused by your disabling condition or conditions from family, friends, neighbors, and others.

If you have both mental and physical limitations, Social Security considers the total affect of your conditions when making their disability determination.








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Related pages:

Social Security Disability, SSI, and Residual Functional Capacity, RFC
How does a Medical Source Statement (RFC Form) help win a Social Security Disability or SSI Claim?
How does Social Security Disability decide that you cannot work?
Social Security Disability SSI - Mental and Physical Residual Functional Capacity
Medical Vocational Allowance Approvals for Social Security Disability and SSI
Social Security Disability Medical Evaluation Form, Can A Doctor Be Forced to Complete One?
The Social Security Disability Decision and Your Ability to Work
Will my doctor charge me for a letter for my social security disability claim?
Does Social Security consider all of your past jobs?



Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI


These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria