Tulsa Disability Lawyers Discuss Your Work Capacity Assessment

On Wednesday, we discussed how having multiple disabilities can make your application for Social Security disability benefits more complex. Evaluators will determine your residual functional capacity (RFC) to perform jobs and assess how your disability might limit or disqualify you from holding employment.

Your individual RFC may state that you are capable of:

  • Sedentary work: a position that is mostly sitting, but may occasionally include walking or lifting up to 10 pounds
  • Light work: This includes frequent walking, lifting up to 20 pounds, and pushing or pulling items
  • Medium work: This means you are capable of lifting 50 pounds and are frequently required to carry up to 25 pounds
  • Heavy work: You can lift up to 100 pounds, and frequently lift or carry up to 50 pounds
  • Very heavy work: You can lift over 100 pounds

Social Security Administration (SSA) advisors will also consider any non-exertional restrictions that your disability or condition might involve. It is also important to note that no matter what level your RFC finds you, you must be able to perform those tasks full-time. You must be able to report to work regularly and complete your tasks without frequent breaks.

If you have concerns about applying for disability benefits, contact a Tulsa Social Security Disability attorney to help you understand the process. An experienced attorney can help you with every step of the process. We offer free evaluations of your case, so give us a call at (918) 265-1404.


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