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What are Social Security Rulings? Introduction

Social Security Rulings are essential when arguing disability cases.  SSRs are a series of precedential (standards to be used in subsequent matters) decisions relating to the programs administrated by SSA and are published under the authority of the Commissioner of Social Security. SSRs may be based on case decisions made at all administrative levels of adjudication, Federal court decisions, Commissioner’s decisions, opinions of the Office of the General Counsel, and policy interpretations of the law and regulations.

SSRs do not have the same force and effect as the law or regulations. However, they are binding on all components of the Social Security Administration, in accordance with 20 CFR 402.35(b), and are to be relied upon as precedents in adjudicating cases.

Throughout the next few months, we will address certain SSRs and how they may impact your Social Security case.  Stay tuned…..

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