The Social Security Administration will need to determine your mental residual functional capacity or RFC if you have a mental disorder. This involves an evaluation of the extent to which your mental impairment affects your ability to perform work- related activities, including your ability to retain information, concentrate, interact with others and adjust to change.
A mental RFC assesses whether you have the capacity for skilled, semiskilled, unskilled, or below unskilled work.
Many jobs require only unskilled work. Unskilled work involves uncomplicated tasks that can be learned on the job in a short period of time, usually 30 days or less, and that require little or no judgment on the part of the worker. An example of an unskilled job is machine tending (feeding or removing materials from machines that are automatic or operated by others).
The Social Security Administration will likely not approve your application for disability benefits if you have the mental ability to perform at least unskilled work, unless you also have a physical impairment that limits your work capacity.
On the other hand, if you have a clear impairment in any of the abilities required for unskilled work, you will be awarded Social Security disability benefits, even if you do not have a physical impairment. In order to qualify, you must show that you have a substantial loss of the ability to meet any of several basic work-related activities on a sustained basis, defined as 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, or an equivalent work schedule.
Mental activities that are generally required by competitive, paid, unskilled work include:
The Social Security Administration will assess your RFC based on all the relevant evidence in you case record, such as:
If you are seeking Florida Social Security disability benefits and would like help from a skilled Ocala disability lawyer, contact Claudeth Henry. To schedule your free initial consultation, complete the form on this page or phone (352) 304-5300.