It certainly cannot decrease an applicant’s chances of receiving approval for benefits to learn about how the Social Security system operates at each stage of the application process. This is one reason why having the assistance of legal counsel ensures that an application has the best chance of receiving the determination to which the applicant is entitled. The Sullivan Law Office may provide valuable assistance during the long and sometimes stressful gathering of personal information and medical evidence involved in the application process.

If it is determined that an applicant’s condition doesn’t match a listing in the Blue Book listing of impairments, the claim is referred to a medical consultant who performs an RFC (residual functional capacity) assessment of the applicant and his or her alleged condition. The consultant evaluates an applicant’s complete medical record, including doctor’s notes and laboratory test results to determine an applicant’s remaining functional ability despite the effects of present impairments. This medical consultant pays special attention to the functional limitations and restrictions that result from a condition in determining whether a disability prevents an applicant from working.

The RFC rating determines whether an applicant may perform sedentary work, light work, medium work, or heavy work. The SSA will examine “past relevant work” defined as jobs performed in the past 15 years. If the RFC rating is only for light or medium work for someone who has only performed heavy work, the consultant will find that the applicant is unable to return to past work. In this circumstance, the SSA will determine whether the applicant’s RFC level, age, job skills, and education allow him or her to perform any less demanding work.

If an application for social security benefits has been denied, and you’re confused and frustrated because you don’t know why. Mike Sullivan understands. After all, disability law is the sole focus of his practice. Take advantage of the legal services offered by the Sullivan Law Office to assist in sorting through the extensive requirements that determine eligibility for disability benefits. The Sullivan Law Office provides assistance in ensuring that all applicants and recipients receive all of the benefits to which they are entitled in all types of disability cases. Contact the Sullivan Law Office today by calling 888-587-0228 or visiting us online! We offer free consultations, so you have absolutely nothing to lose! We look forward to hearing from you.Medical-Vocational Allowances And Residual Functional Capacity (RFC)