Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) October 15, 2008
Tim Moore, a former social security disability claims examiner and the publisher of Social Security Disability Secrets, a site devoted to providing information on how to navigate the federal disability system, has announced that his site will now offer free RFC forms to assist claimants who are filing for social security disability or SSI benefits.
The term RFC stands for residual functional capacity, a measurement of what a person is still physically or mentally capable of doing despite their impairment, or combination of impairments. An RFC form is typically a multi-page form that allows a physician or psychiatrist to record in detail the functional capabilities and limitations of a patient.
RFC forms can address an individual's ability to sit or stand for a length of time, their ability to maintain concentration or recall information, to hear or see, to lift a certain amount of weight, to crouch, stoop, reach overhead, and even their ability or inability to tolerate sounds, odors, heights, and levels of brightness.
RFC forms allow a medical treatment source, typically an M.D., to state exactly why it is that a person is unable to return to their past work or perform some type of other work. As such, RFC forms can be very strong weapons for winning disability benefits. And in cases where a claimant's medical records fail to illustrate their limitations, an RFC form completed by a doctor can be instrumental in winning a case.
By enabling a doctor to offer a detailed and qualified statement regarding a person's functional limitations, an RFC form can allow a doctor to tell the social security administration exactly why it is that a claimant should be approved to receive disability benefits.
RFC forms are so important to the disability evaluation process that the social security administration uses them in every single disability case. But, according to disability specialist Tim Moore, social security's approach typically means using the forms to deny claims. As he states, "The problem with the social security administration is that they don't send these forms to a claimant's own doctor or doctors. They never give the claimant's doctor a chance to state why the claimant is disabled and should be approved. Instead, they have their own doctors who have never seen or treated the claimant fill out these forms. Not surprisingly, social security uses their own RFC form to help deny the vast majority of applicants".
Mr. Moore went on to state, "I believe it would be in many claimant's best interests to have access to a form that they could take to their doctor, have the doctor complete, and then submit to social security. This is especially if their case will be heard by an administrative law judge at a disability hearing. This is where a detailed physician's statement will carry the greatest weight and present the best advantage to a case.
The RFC form offered by former social security disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, can be freely downloaded from the website, Social Security Disability Secrets, by simply going to the homepage, scrolling to the very bottom of the homepage, and then clicking the link to download either the free physical impairment RFC form or the free Mental impairment RFC form (Individuals downloading one or both forms may also wish to view the site's Social Security Disability Questions page).
As Mr Moore stated, these RFC forms are not the same forms that are used by the social security administration, which are instrumental in denying more than seventy percent of claims. Instead, they are RFC forms that have been devised for the purpose of allowing a physician to address the same functional limitations--of a mental or physical impairment--that the social security administration actively looks for when making a decision on a claim.