Disability Secrets Helps Social Security
Social Security Disability Secrets,
a website that helps claimants navigate the federal disability system,
is now offering free downloadable RFC forms via DisabilitySecrets.com.
What is an RFC form? An RFC,
or residual functional capacity form, is a document that addresses an individual’s
physical or mental limitations; i.e., why they can no longer work, and
why they should be awarded disability benefits.
The Social Security Administration
actually requires that an RFC form be completed for every social security
disability or SSI disability claim decision. And typically the form must
be completed by an M.D. However, the social security administration’s RFC
forms are not completed by someone who has an actual treatment history
with a claimant but, instead, are completed by a government doctor working
alongside a disability examiner in a claim processing unit. This, of course,
is seldom advantageous to a claimant as statistics indicate that approximately
70 percent of all disability applications are denied.
According to Tim Moore, the
publisher of Social Security Disability Secrets (which features a
Social Security Disability Questions page) and a former disability examiner
himself, the social security administration never sends an RFC to the claimant’s
own treating physician and, thus, never gives the disability applicant’s
physician the opportunity to explain why their patient is disabled and
unable to work. Instead, he states, “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
The social security administration’s
position, of course, is not difficulty to understand. If RFC forms were
sent to every claimant’s doctor, or doctors, the likelihood is that far
more claims would be approved, incurring far greater costs for the federal
Mr. Moore stated his belief
that it would be in the best interests of all claimants to have access
to an RFC form that could be taken to their doctor, filled out, and submitted
to the social security administration. This would be particularly true
in cases where a disability hearing will be held, as an objective and detailed
physician's statement tends to carry greater weight with a federal disability
judge versus a state-employed disability examiner.
The residual functional capacity,
a.k.a. RFC, form offered by former disability examiner, Tim Moore, can
be obtained from the website, Social Security Disability Secrets. This
can be done by scrolling to the bottom of the homepage and clicking the
link to download the free physical impairment RFC form or the free mental
impairment RFC form.
As Mr. Moore stated, these
RFC forms differ substantially from the forms that are currently in use
by SSA (the social security administration). The SSA forms are routinely
instrumental in denying more than seventy percent of all claims. By contrast,
RFC forms made available on Disability Secrets have been created for the
purpose of substantiating and proving an individual’s state of disability.
This is done by allowing a doctor to sufficiently record the mental and
physical limitations of a disability claimant, limitations that social
security actively looks for when deciding to approve or deny a claim.
Posted by Eric
Ward on 10/21/08
Security Disability, RFC
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