One factor that plays a key role in the outcome of your claim for Michigan Social Security disability benefits is your “residual functional capacity” or “RFC.” Your RFC is your present ability to perform work-related functions, despite the limitations caused by your impairment. Residual functional capacity is measured in terms of work levels: medium work, light work, and sedentary work. In general, medium work is work that requires lifting of no more than 50 pounds at a time, with frequent lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds, and the ability to stand or walk most of the work-day (approximately 6 hours). Light work is work that requires lifting of not more than 20 pounds at a time, with frequent lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 10 pounds. This type of work involves sitting for most of the day, but requires frequent standing and walking. Sedentary work is the least physically demanding type of work. Sedentary work requires lifting no more than 10 pounds and prolonged periods of sitting.
If your Michigan Social Security disability benefits application was denied, then your residual functional capacity will be a matter of great interest to the administrative law judge presiding over your hearing. The judge will question you about your ability to perform work-related functions, including, for example:
- How far are you able to walk?
- How long are you able to walk?
- Are there any limitations on your ability to stand?
- How long are you able to sit?
- How long are you able to stand?
- What is the heaviest weight you can lift?
- What is the heaviest weight you can carry?
- Do you have difficulty in kneeling? bending? stooping?
- Do you have difficulty using your fingers or hands?
- What is a typical “good” day like for you?
- What is a typical “bad” day like for you?
An experienced Michigan disability attorney can help you present the strongest evidence of your limited residual functional capacity at your disability hearing. If you would like to talk with me about your case, please contact me.