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What is Maximum Sustained Work Capability?

This term is used by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to determine if you qualify for disability benefits. It means the highest level of work you can consistently manage despite your physical or mental limitations. Think of it as the most demanding work you can realistically handle throughout a typical workday and workweek.

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How does the SSA measure this?

Residual Functional Capacity (RFC): They examine your medical records and doctor's opinions to create an RFC outlining what you can still do (how much you can lift, stand, walk, concentrate, etc.). 

Comparing to Job Demands: Your RFC is compared to the requirements of ​

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Why is this important for disability benefits?

If the SSA finds your impairments prevent you from doing even the easiest types of jobs consistently, you're more likely to be considered disabled and eligible for benefits.

If you have milder limitations, the SSA also looks at your age, education, and skills to see if you can adapt to different work.  ​

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