When you apply for disability benefits, you may also qualify for a medical-vocational
allowance. You can determine whether or not you are eligible for this
program by learning your residual functional capacity or RFC. This is
your capability to do work-related activities despite limitations or restrictions
that occurred as a result of your impairment.
If you are assessed for an RFC, the test will include an evaluation of
your ability to sit, stand, push, carry, pull, walk, or lift. The strength
demands can prove your exertional capacity which will be listed as sedentary
work, light work, medium work, or heavy work. You will also be tested
for a non-exertional capacity. During this time, you will be tested on
your ability to see and speak, among other things. If the SSA believes
that you have the ability to perform your past jobs, then you may be encouraged
to return back to that job. If you do not have the ability to perform
a past job, then you will need to undergo further testing.
The SSA may determine that you can perform other work that you are qualified
to do with your RFC. If you can, then you will not be considered disabled.
The SSA must determine that you have the ability to adjust to the other
work that you can perform, and will consider an applicant's age, education,
and job history before declaring that he or she can take a new job.
The SSA has a medical-vocational table called the Medical-Vocational Guidelines
that will assist you in your work. The table sets forth combinations of
different RFCs and vocational factors and determines whether or not an
individual should ally a specific rule. The med-voc guidelines help to
make sure that SSDI is granted consistently. Talk with a
Texas SSDI attorney if you want to learn more about RFCs, SSDI and whether or not you qualify