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Main Office: 5235 16th. Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33703
Tampa Office: 2202 N. West Shore Blvd. Suite 200 | Tampa, FL 33607
Ft. Lauderdale Office: 110 E. Broward Blvd. Suite 1700 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

What is Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) and How Does it Relate to My Disability Case?

Residual Functional Capacity – RFC – is the maximum ability a person has to do work activities on a sustained basis.  Put another way, it is the most work a person can when you taken into consideration all of their mental and physical limitations.  Usually, a disability insurance company determines what a person’s RFC is from the restrictions and limitations given them by their doctor(s).  It is crucial to get specific limitations from a doctor, because they explain what a person can and cannot do.

A person can have restrictions or limitations in a wide variety of activities, such as:

  • Sitting
  • Standing
  • Walking
  • Lifting/carrying
  • Concentrating
  • Stooping
  • Fatigue
  • Etc.

The best way to get your doctor to quantify your limitations is either on a form tailored to your disability claim by a skilled disability attorney or through a recorded statement taken from your doctor by your attorney.


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