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The New PTSD Residual Functional Capacity Questionnaire

September 28, 2018 Blog

If you are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and are interested in submitting a claim for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits, then it’s critical that you put together a convincing application in which your claims are supported by extensive evidence, and the information is presented in a manner that is aligned with the expectations of the Social Security Administration.  A residual functional capacity (RFC) form can help you do so.

Here at the Office of Mike Murburg, we have uploaded a PTSD RFC form for you to use when consulting with your physician.  This PTSD RFC form will give your physician the opportunity to identify important information relating to your PTSD condition, in the terms necessary to successfully obtain SSDI benefits — when properly filled-out, the RFC form should include information concerning your ability to perform routines without supervision, concentrate on various tasks, follow instructions (of varying complexity), communicate, and make occupational decisions.

How Submitting an RFC Form is Advantageous

If you do not submit a PTSD RFC form, then a Social Security Administration authority will make their own conclusions regarding the various limitations and deficits of your PTSD condition (after examining your medical records).  Naturally, this is likely to lead to a rejection, unless your case is so thoroughly one-sided in your favor that a rejection is simply unjustifiable given the facts.

With an RFC, however, particularly one that a treating physician has filled out, the Social Security Administration will give it deference when making an SSDI decision.  Further, the RFC form serves as a documentary record of your condition in a way that helps to more clearly frame the consequences of your PTSD on your life and career — this can give you a significant advantage in securing an approval.

Contact Our Firm to Speak to an Experienced Tampa SSDI Lawyer

If you are planning to submit an SSDI claim on the basis of PTSD, then it’s important that you fill out a PTSD RFC form with the assistance of a qualified disability attorney, as well as your physician.  The PTSD RFC form will serve as a documentary record of your disability, and more specifically, categorizes the illness in terminology that is relevant to the Social Security Administration’s determination.  With a PTSD RFC form, your prospects for securing disability benefits are almost certainly higher than without one.

Attorney Mike Murburg has decades of experience representing the interests of SSDI claimants throughout the state of Florida, including those whose claims are based on PTSD and other complex mental illnesses.  At the Office of Mike Murburg, P.A., we are committed to the provision of individualized representation — unlike many other firms, we work closely with our clients from “day one,” keeping them apprised of developments as their case proceeds.

Call (813) 264-5363 to schedule a free and confidential consultation with a skilled Tampa SSDI lawyer at the Office of Mike Murburg, P.A.  We will evaluate your claim and PTSD medical records and help you to develop a strategic plan for securing the SSDI benefits to which you’re entitled.