Ohio Social Security Disability And SSI Legal Blog

Is your disability not on the list?

If you can no longer work because of a mental or physical disability, you have all the right to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. You may think that applying for SSD benefits is a challenging process, and you are right. The easiest way to qualify for these benefits is to prove your condition meets the Social Security Administration (SSA) eligibility guidelines. However, people experience different forms of disability. If your disability or condition is not on the SSA impairments list, then you can go through a residual functional capacity (RFC) assessment.

What is an RFC assessment?

An RFC assessment will allow you to establish your limitations and capabilities. It is a way to show Ohio’s Division of Disability Determination (DDD) the extent of your disability so they can determine whether you can still work. The DDD will assess your RFC by reviewing all relevant evidence in your medical case record, including your physician’s notes. They will base their decision on your physical exertion level and mental health. You will be responsible for providing all the medical and other relevant evidence.

When to file the RFC form

SSD applicants will only realize the difficulty of the claim process when they begin filing for a disability claim. Although the SSA does not require you to submit an RFC form, you should submit it along with your disability claim. It will significantly help you in the initial application process and, more importantly, in the appeal hearing.

The paperwork you need to get approval is overwhelming, and accomplishing the paperwork will not even guarantee the benefits. Ensure you go through the process as carefully and as meticulously as possible. You must be sharp and thorough; otherwise, you may not be able to get the benefits you deserve.