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Announce Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Disability Secrets Helps Social Security Disability Applicants
 
Disability Secrets Helps Social Security Disability Applicants
DisabilitySecrets.com helps claimants navigate the federal disability system.
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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 of applicants.”
 
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 government.
 
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
Tags: Tim Moore, Social Security Disability, RFC forms
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