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Physical Residual Functional Capacity

Definition - What does Physical Residual Functional Capacity mean?

Physical residual functional capacity refers to an individual's remaining ability to perform work after factoring in their physical disability. The physical residual functional capacity assessment form for a claimant is filed by a disability claims examiner. It helps the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluate whether the claimant can perform any kind of work.

Justipedia explains Physical Residual Functional Capacity

Social Security disability benefits are provided only to individuals who are unable to perform any kind of work. In order to determine a claimant's ability to perform work, the SSA goes through the physical residual functional capacity (RFC) assessment of the claimant. The physical RFC assessment form is filled by a disability claims examiner. The physical RFC assessment contains information regarding the kind of work activity a claimant is able to perform and the limitations faced by the claimant as a result of his or her disability.

This definition was written in the context of Social Security

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