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What is Residual Functional Capacity?

Definition of Residual Functional Capacity

Residual Functional Capacity is the amount of physical or mental ability a Social Security Disability claimant has to perform substantial gainful activity after all of their symptoms and mental and physical health conditions are considered. The Social Security Administration will evaluate a disability claimant's residual functional capacity or RFC using the sequential evaluation process (and other Social Security Disability rules) to determine if a claimant can work a past relevant job or be retrained for another job (given their age, work skills and educational level.) See Physical Residual Functional Capacity and Mental Residual Functional Capacity.

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