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West Shore Social Security: Residual Functional Capacity Explained

Posted Jessica L. Kurtz on Sep 07, 2014 in Social Security Disability

You’ve recently lost a limb and are unable to work because of it. Along with the inability to perform the work-related tasks you once could, the emotional distress you experience on a daily basis prevents you from even holding down a job. In an effort to support yourself, you have decided to apply for Social Security in West Shore.

If you do not meet the criteria for receiving automatic approval of Social Security based on the Administration’s official listing for amputations, Social Security will assess your Residual Functional Capacity (RFC). It will then base its decisions on these findings:

Lower Limb Amputations

As part of evaluating your RFC, Social Security will look to see if those with lower limb amputations are able to walk with prosthetics or with the help of crutches and canes. They will also take into consideration the kinds of surfaces you can safely walk on and if you have restrictions walking, crawling, bending at the knees, and climbing.

Upper Limb Amputations

Those who have upper limb amputations are evaluated on how the loss of limb affects their ability to earn money. For instance, the Social Security Administration may grant those who lost their dominant hand disability. Social Security will take a look at your ability to grasp objects, your writing and typing capabilities, your fine motor movements, and how well you are able to lift and hold things.

Your RFC findings will determine whether or not you are eligible to receive Social Security. Having an experienced Social Security attorney in West Shore on your side may increase your chances of receiving the benefits you deserve. Contact us today to speak with an attorney about your situation.

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