Q I’m concerned! I haven’t been able to work for a year and now I know that I must apply to receive SSDI in Massachusetts. I’ve heard this is really hard, especially because my disability isn’t listed as an impairment! How do I show my disability in Massachusetts to the Social Security Administration to increase my chances at approval?
Every person is unique. The Social Security Administration knows this, and understands that not every disabled person will meet a specific impairment listing. That’s why Social Security officials developed a form called the Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) form.
When applying for SSDI, you must use this form to show your disability in Massachusetts. With the information you provide on this form, the person reviewing your application at the Social Security Administration (SSA) can determine what you are still able to do based on your disability.
The person examining your application will search for work that you’ve done over the past 15 years. They will then determine the level of activity that you are capable of doing. Here are a few important things to remember when filling out an RFC:
- Include all physical restrictions. If you cannot lift, carry, walk, or move as you once used to and this has stopped you from being able to perform the duties of your job, you must show this on the RFC. If you cannot work full-time, work regularly, or be productive on the job, then you may qualify for SSDI.
- Include all mental restrictions. If you are no longer able to perform any sedentary work, such as working at a desk, then you must show this in your RFC. To do this, you should include anything that restricts you mentally, such as memory problems, inability to concentrate, emotional difficulties, or any other mental restriction that could prevent you from doing your job.
Filling out an RFC can be difficult. We can help. Call us at 888-904-6847 to learn more about what a Massachusetts Social Security disability attorney at Keefe Disability Law may be able to do for you.