The Social Security Administration has a whole set of rules that interpret their complex Regulations. It is as if they realized some of their regulations were either too vague to tell anyone how they decide cases or too complex to decode, so they decided to create what are called Social Security Rulings (abbreviated SSR). Many lawyers do not even know the SSRs exist, yet for many Social Security Disability claims, knowing what these Rulings say can make or break the case.
Although Social Security Rulings (SSR) do not have the force and effect of the law or regulations, the Social Security Administration (SSA) follows them like binding precedent. They can be changed by legislation, regulations, court decisions, or later Rulings. SSRs are basically Social Security’s public statements about how it interprets its own regulations.
To search SSA’s Rulings, use the Social Security website: http://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/rulings/index.html.
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- SSA Regulations and Rulings and Federal Court Cases (socialsecurityhome.com)