Residual Functional Capacity
A Residual Functional Capacity Form (RFC) assesses the most amount of work that you can do despite the limitations from your disability.
This RFC form will be filled out at the request of the DDS examiner by a DDS physician or psychiatrist who reviews the medical evidence in your file to gather information. The DDS physician will rate the residual functional capacity after taking into account the medical condition and how it affects the person’s ability to work. The form will make reference to how long a person can sit, stand, walk, etc. Or, in the case of a mental claim, how the person would handle a work environment if they have a poor memory, rational thinking problems, etc.
You may ask your own treating physician(s) to complete an RFC form which can be included with your application. Your medical records are written to keep a record of what your symptoms are at a given time and describe your pain. They are not written in a way that would note your ability to work or your prognosis for returning to work, but this is the information that the DDS physician must use to complete your RFC form. Your own doctor knows you and can shed the best light on how your condition will affect your return to work. An RFC form completed by your doctor can be much more beneficial to you than a form completed by a DDS examiner physician.
If you do choose to ask your doctor to complete an RFC form, you should do it early in your application process. Let your doctor know that you intend to apply for disability in Nevada and that you would like him/her to complete the form. The RFC form is long, so don’t expect your doctor to quickly fill it out and hand it back to you. If your doctor does not return the form within a few weeks, politely follow up to see if it has been finished.