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Important Disability Determination Factors

  • Published: June 24, 2013

Disability determination depends on several important factors that the SSA will evaluate. Your Ocala disability lawyer will be an important resource to help you understand these factors and how they may affect your claim.

Residual Functional Capacity (RFC)

The SSA will evaluate your residual functional capacity (RFC) by assessing your ability to work with your impairment. SSA will then ask if, using your RFC, you are able to do any of the work you had done in the past 15 years. Your Ocala disability attorney will explain that if you cannot do any of this work, SSA will then label your work ability. This label comes from the Dictionary of Occupational Titles. Your work ability may be considered sedentary, light, or medium and will be used in combination with your age, education, and work experience to determine disability.

Drug and Alcohol Addiction

If you are afflicted with drug or alcohol addiction, your Ocala disability lawyer will inform you as to how this could affect your disability claim. The SSA uses a test that asks whether you would be restored to an acceptable ability to work if you were to stop using drugs or alcohol. Your Ocala disability lawyer will explain that the important consideration here is whether your substance abuse is material to your ability to work. If it is material, you will not be found disabled. As long as your ability to work would not be improved by the elimination of alcohol or drugs, you may be found disabled even if substance abuse caused your impairment.

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Meeting these requirements is imperative in order to be found disabled by the SSA. Employing an Ocala disability attorney is essential to your claim’s success. Contact CJ Henry Law Firm, PLLC at 352-304-5300 today.

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