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Social Security Disability Law: A Beginner's Guide

Statutes, Regulations, and Governmental Materials

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Secondary sources like treatises will typically cite to the primary sources, like statutes and regulations, that are being analyzed.  Below, please find information about where these items can typically be found:


Most federal statutes regarding Social Security benefits can be found in Chapter 7 of Title 42 of the United States Code (U.S.C.). Specifically, SSDI is discussed in selected sections of 42 U.S.C. §§ 401 to 433, while SSI is discussed in selected sections of 42 U.S.C. §§ 1381 to 1385.

Regulations and Administrative Materials

Most federal regulations regarding Social Security disability benefits can be found in Title 20 of the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.). Specifically SSDI is discussed in Part 404 and SSI is discussed in Part 416. The e-CFR is a frequently updated version of the C.F.R.

Further, the SSA provides several other agency resources regarding disability benefits, including:

Compiled Statutes and Regulations