Q My shoulder was injured in a bad car accident. Now, I’m unable to return to work. The problem is I do not qualify for any of the specific Social Security Administration listings for joint damage. Can a Providence Social Security attorney help me get access to SSDI?
Many conditions do not meet the very specific categories that the Social Security Administration has established. However, you can still qualify for SSDI in Rhode Island—regardless of whether your condition meets a listing—if you are unable to return to any type of work.
Determining your ability to work requires an extensive evaluation by the Social Security Administration. There is a special form, called the Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) form, that analyzes your mental and physical abilities. In completing this assessment, the following factors are considered:
- Work experience
- If you can perform sedentary or light work
For severe shoulder injuries, heavy lifting or highly physically demanding jobs are likely out of the question. In many cases, sedentary work may also be unsuitable for your injury if you must still use your arm to perform regular tasks such as answering the phone or reaching overhead. In rare cases, your injury may also impact your ability to concentrate or focus, which can have a long-lasting impact on your productivity.
With help from a Rhode Island Social Security lawyer, you can fill out the RFC completely and accurately to maximize your chances at getting the SSDI you need. At Keefe Disability Law we understand what the Social Security Administration must see, and we can use this to help you with your application. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you get the Rhode Island disability income you need.