New Orleans

Social Security Disability in New Orleans, LA

Qualifications to receive SSI and SSDI benefits in New Orleans
Social Security Disability Insurance in New Orleans, Louisiana, (SSDI) is awarded to claimants who have a mental or physical health condition which is so severe it is expected to last for 12 continuous months and does not allow them to perform substantial gainful activity (SGA).

New Orleans workers may only receive SSDI in New Orleans if they are determined “disabled” by the Social Security Administration and they have paid employment taxes and have earned 20-40 work credits over the course of their employment working jobs “covered” by Social Security. Work credits needed to qualify can vary based on the claimant’s age at the time of their disability. Most full-time New Orleans workers can earn 4 work credits per year.

SSDI auxiliary benefits may be paid to certain qualifying widows, widowers, dependents and disabled dependents over 18 years old, who were disabled prior to the age of 22, if they are the dependant or spouse of a disabled worker who is currently receiving SSDI or who was receiving SSDI at the time of their death.

Social Security Disability Insurance is not paid to claimants who have not worked or who have not paid taxes. The Federal Government does offers another wage assistance program called (SSI) Supplemental Security Income which is paid to the disabled, blind or aged (age 65 and older) who have not worked and do not qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance. To qualify for SSI in New Orleans claimants must have very limited income and resources.

There are qualifications for Medicaid also, but claimants who are approved for Supplemental Security Income may also qualify for Medicaid, in most states, at the time of their approval.

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The rules and definitions that the Social Security Administration generally follows are rigid and list only very severe disabilities. Their documentation requirements are rigorous and their procedures time consuming. As a result, many claims get rejected. Therefore it is better to find and hire SSDI/SSI attorney or advocate, who is specialized in social security disability law, to do this work for you and get disability benefits to you faster. (Click here for a FREE consultation with a social security disability lawyer.

Our New Orleans social security disability lawyers will evaluate your case, highlight its strengths, and help you file a speedy and appropriate claim. The documentation, gathering expert opinions and attending to procedural matters will be handled by our New Orleans social security disability lawyers.

If your claim is rejected initially, at the hearing with the Administrative Law Judge, don’t be disheartened. Our sponsoring New Orleans social security disability lawyers will appeal before the Appeals Council or the Federal Court system for you. Our social security disability attorneys or advocates help by offering their services in Bossier City, Baton Rouge, Raleigh, Lafayette and Tallulah also.

Your Options to apply and file disability in New Orleans, Louisiana

To apply for the Social Security Disability Insurance program or Supplemental Security Income in New Orleans or any other cities in the surrounding such as Harvey, Terrytown, Marrero, Jefferson, Estelle, Chalmette, Mandeville, Kenner, River Ridge, or Metairie, contact the SSA in any of the following ways.

  • Applying for benefits by phone and Calling them at 1-800-772-1213.
  • Apply online by visiting the website at and file disability on your computer
  • Visiting a Social Security Disability regional representative for walk-in applying. To locate the nearest Social Security Administration Field Office in New Orleans go to the Social Security Administration website. Find the office locator site at and enter your zip code. The site will bring up the closest Social Security Administration office in your area. Visit the location and file at the office.

The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in New Orleans file all reconsiderations, schedules hearings and handle all Appeal Council reviews. The ODAR for the Dallas Region, which includes New Orleans, services residents in the Great Plains and Southwest states including the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. The address for this office is listed below.

Social Security Administration,
Office of Adjudication and Review (ODAR),
Suite 460,
1301 Young Street,
Dallas, Louisiana 75202-5433

Telephone: (214) 767-9401
Fax: (214) 767-9407

Each request for a Social Security Disability hearing is processed in one of the Social Security Administration’s 16 hearing offices and 1 satellite office. The New Orleans ODAR Hearing Office services the residents of New Orleans, Louisiana. The address for this office is listed below.

Social Security Administration,
Office of Disability Adjudication and Review,
1515 Poydras Street,
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

Telephone: (504) 589- 2418
Fax: (504) 589- 4585

The New Orleans Hearing Office services the Social Security Administration Field Offices in DeRidder, Houma, Lake Charles, Morgan City, New Orleans, and New Orleans-West Bank.

The Social Security Act provides benefits to disabled Louisiana workers under Title II (Disability Insurance Benefits) and Title XVI (Supplemental Security Income). The Disability Determination Services (DDS) is the state agency which is responsible for determining if disability claimants are disabled for either Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income. This state agency is 100% funded by the Federal Government. The Disability Determination Services offices for the New Orleans Louisiana area is listed below.

Disability Determination Services Office (New Orleans),
5825 Florida Blvd.,
Room 2110,
New Orleans, LA 70806

Phone: (225) 925- 3533
Fax: (225) 925- 1831

Louisiana SSA Field Offices perform a full range of services for New Orleans SSI and SSDI claimants. Claimants may apply for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income, replace their Social Security cards, and make changes to their benefits information. The Social Security Administration Field Office for New Orleans is listed below.

Social Security Administration,
400 Poydras Street,
Suite 500,
New Orleans, LA 70130

Telephone: 1-800-772-1213

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