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Functional Limitations

Definition - What does Functional Limitations mean?

Functional limitations refer to activities that a claimant is incapable of performing due to their impairment. The Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) assessment prepared by a disability claims examiner contains information regarding the kind of work a claimant is capable of performing along with that claimant's functional limitations.

Justipedia explains Functional Limitations

In order to assess whether a claimant is capable of performing any kind of work, the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) goes through the claimant's functional limitations. Whatever activity an individual is not capable of doing because of their impairment is considered a functional limitation. A claimant's treating physician generally lists the functional limitations of the claimant in the claimant's medical records. While preparing a Residual Functional Capacity assessment, the disability claims examiner looks at information to substantiate the claimant's functional limitations.

This definition was written in the context of Social Security

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