Some of the questions people commonly ask can be answered for free on the Social Security web site. In fact, a good deal of my work is conducted on the web. Here are some of my most frequently used web links:
MySSA: Check your eligibility and benefit amount, and verify your work history.
The Grid Rules/Medical Vocational Guidelines: Code of Federal Regulations, Part 404, Subpart P, Appendix 2
See my blog post for an explanation of these potentially confusing rules.
The Medical Listings: Listing of Impairments – Adult Listings (Part A)
Listings are one of several ways to prove disability under Social Security regulations. These are medical criteria that, if proven with medical evidence, can qualify someone for benefits.
Social Security Office Locator: Social Security Office Locator, SSA Office Locator Social Security Office Locator, Social Security
Find contact information for your local SSA office.
Hearing office locator: Find contact information for your local hearing office. OHO’s Hearing Office Locator | SSA
Online application for disability benefits: Disability Benefits | SSA
This link will allow you to apply online for SSD benefits.
Online appeals: Appeal A Decision | Disability Benefits | SSA
This page allows you to file an appeal online of your administrative denial.
ALJ case disposition data: ALJ Disposition Data | Public Data Files
Interpret this information very carefully. This is a database of how many cases each Social Security judge has granted or denied in the last year.
The DOT online: https://occupationalinfo.org/index_desktop.html
This is an online copy of the reference guide the government and vocational experts employed by SSA use to classify jobs.
The Regulations: Code of Federal Regulations Title 20, the complete regulations that govern SSD and SSI claims.
The Rulings: Social Security and Acquiescence Rulings Administrative documents clarifying the interpretation of the regulations in the CFR.