RFC limitation forms for Social Security disability cases

Getting a Residual Functional Capacity is the single most important step in a Social Security disability case. These RFCs go by a lot of different names: Medical Source Statement, Medical Opinion, Narrative. However, Residual Functional Capacity simply means what you can still do despite your disabilities and impairments. Put another way, your RFC is what you can do considering your workplace limitations.

Since Social Security disability cases focus on your ability to work, your RFC is a critical part of your Social Security disability case.

So, how do I develop my workplace limitations and residual functional capacity?

While many lawyers use a custom form (my Colorado law firm uses special forms for our clients which we have fine tuned over the years) Social Security provides two  general workplace limitations forms that anyone can use.

You can download the forms directly from the links above.

Note: these are forms for your doctor (or other healthcare provider) to fill out. Other than entering your name and Social Security number, you should not fill out the form nor suggest answers to your doctor. The entire purpose to these forms is that they are the doctor’s opinion about what you can and cannot do.

Under SSR 06-03p, Social Security has to consider the opinion of “other acceptable sources,” such as nurse practitioners, physician assistants, licensed clinical social workers, naturopaths, chiropractors, audiologists, and therapists in determining what you can and cannot do. The take away point is that while it is often best to have the form completed, or at least co-signed, by a doctor, you can have the forms completed by another medical professional such as a nurse or PA.

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Disclaimer: This is NOT legal advice. This site provides general information about Social Security disability cases in Colorado. To discuss your particular circumstances, please contact a lawyer in your area. Please review the full disclaimer .

About Tomasz Stasiuk

Tomasz Stasiuk is a Colorado Springs Social Security disability lawyer and the founding attorney of the Stasiuk Firm - a law firm specializing in Social Security disability cases in Colorado. Follow Tomasz Stasiuk on Google and Twitter

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  • http://www.socialsecuritydisability.tv/ Social Security Disability

    Hey Tomasz, great article. Physical limitations play into majority of SSD cases due to its implications on any type of manual labor. 

  • Mark Marion

    If you need to investigate if a disability is real most people applying for SSD fake their disability to get the money they are not entitled to. This is a fraud program

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