How to File a Residual Functioning Capacity Form

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How to File a Residual Functioning Capacity Form

Filling out all the required paperwork for a Social Security Disability (SSDI) application can be time-consuming and tedious. However, every single piece of information requested and submitted are important to helping you make your case for benefits. Out of all these required papers, though, there’s one item that’s important for your case, but isn’t actually filled out by you: the Residual Functioning Capacity (RFC) form. If you’re not sure what that form is, why it’s important, or how to file it, read on to learn how to file a residual functioning capacity form.

What Is a Residual Functioning Capacity Form?

An RFC form is a form that is used to determine your physical and/or mental capabilities. This form plays a large role in helping the Disability Determiner decide whether or not you are able to work and earn money. Because of this, the RFC is without a doubt one of the more important items of paperwork in your SSDI application documentation.

Who Fills out the RFC Form?

As important as the RFC form is to your case, the ironic twist is that it is one piece of information that you as the applicant are NOT allowed to actually fill out. Instead, when your case is first submitted, the Disability Determiner will fill out the RFC based on the information provided by you and your healthcare provider. This is why it’s important to submit thorough medical documentation — otherwise the Disability Determiner will not be able to accurately assess your ability to function.

Can Anyone Else Fill out the RFC Form?

The good news, though, is that even though you are not able to fill out the RFC form yourself, you are allowed to also submit one filled out by your doctor. This can be very useful to build your case, because the Disability Determiner can use the RFC form completed by your doctor to help as he/she fills out a form as well.

How To File the RFC Form

So, how do you actually file the form? You can download a copy of the form here and take it to your physician. When you submit the rest of your SSDI application, make sure you also submit the completed RFC form.

Of course, if you are concerned about how to do this, if you have questions, or just need advice, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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