Everyone’s experience applying for Social Security Disability benefits will be unique. Part of this is because everyone’s individual medical and work history is different. But, potential applicants should also know that each state – like Louisiana – has its own story to tell in terms of social security disability benefit approval rates at each stage of the process, as well as waiting times at the hearing stage.
Why is State-by-State Information Important?
Specialized disability advocates (like us here at Citizens Disability) and Louisiana social security disability attorneys know all too well how important it is to understand that every state is different. It’s very helpful to know what the trends are, how long the wait times are from office to office, and what the different rates of approvals are.
Citizens Disability takes a data-driven approach to helping our clients. We want to make sure that we’re giving our clients the best possible advice at every step in the application process. We also work very hard to present the best possible case for each of our clients. Bringing together data from a wide variety of sources – including data like this, which comes from the Social Security Administration – allows us to make smart decisions when we present cases for our clients.
Finally, this information can be very helpful to applicants. Applying for social security benefits is likely a new experience for most applicants, and having an idea of what they can expect from the process can help them be engaged and involved participants with their advocates.
While your own journey may be different than the trends you see here, these tables and charts can help you understand what, on average, you can expect.
You will also find location and contact information for all the offices in Louisiana below.
Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits in Louisiana – What You Need To Know
There are generally three stages in the application process for Social Security Disability benefits: initial application, reconsideration, and the hearing. In this table, you can see how Louisiana compares to the national average (all states in America) when it comes to approval rates at each of those stages.
|Initial Application (L1)||Reconsideration (L2)||Hearing (L3)|
As the table shows, Louisiana is better at the first two levels when compared to the national average. Louisiana is 7.4% higher at Initial Application and 12% higher at Reconsideration. Louisiana is however lower by 2.7% at the Hearing level.
Louisiana Initial Application Approval Over Time
|Initial Application Approval Rate||2018||2017||2016||2015||2014||2013||2012||2011||2010|
As the table and the below chart show, Louisiana has been, over time, gotten better than the national average of Initial Applications going back to at least 2010. In 2018, Louisiana ranked 9th in the nation in terms of percentage approval of Initial Applications. While approval rates have improved in Louisiana over the last few years, they still are better than the national average. If you are thinking of applying for SSDI, don’t worry – there are multiple stages to the application process.
Louisiana Reconsideration Approval Over Time
|Reconsideration Approval Rate||2018||2017||2016||2015||2014||2013||2012||2011||2010|
As the table and the below chart indicate, Louisiana has been significantly higher than the national average when it comes to Approvals at the Reconsideration level. In 2018, Louisiana ranked 4th in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Reconsideration. However, as you can see, in general, the chances of winning approval at Reconsideration are not particularly high. That is why many applicants must continue in the next level, the Hearing.
Louisiana Hearings Approval Over Time
|Hearing Approval Rate||2018||2017||2016||2015||2014||2013||2012||2011||2010|
As the table and the below chart indicate, Louisiana has always been lower than the national average when it comes to approvals at the Hearing level. In 2018, Louisiana ranked 30th in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Hearings.
However, as you’ll see below, all individual hearing offices in Louisiana are not the same – each office has its own approval rates, and almost as importantly, waiting times. Which hearing office your case is assigned to in Louisiana may have a significant bearing on your chances for approval.
Also worthy of note is the fact that past performance is only one indicator of likely outcomes; as new data comes in, you might see that a state’s performance compared to the national average has either improved or weakened.
Louisiana SSDI Hearing Wait Times & Approval By Office
Louisiana is part of the Social Security Administration’s “Region 4,” which is headquartered in Atlanta. There are 3 hearing offices in Louisiana. You can see waiting times for hearings & case dispositions for each office below, with comparisons to Louisiana and National Averages.
The “Hearing Wait Time (Months)” is, on average, how long it takes in between when an applicant asks for a Hearing and when that hearing occurs.
The “Average Disposition Time (Days)” is, on average, the number of days in between when an applicant asks for a Hearing, and when the Administrative Law Judge who hears their case actually makes a decision on that case.
The “Average Approval Rate” is percentage at which cases are decided in favor of the applicant.
|Hearing Wait Time (Months)||Average Disposition Time (Days)||Average Approval Rate (2019)|
As the table here and the chart below indicate, in 2019, all of the office locations in Louisiana have significantly lower wait times. However, the approval rates are much lower than the national average. The New Orleans office is their best performing one, but they are still 9.6% lower than the national average.
These waiting times and approval rates only highlight how important it can be to have a qualified representative – such as an Advocate from Citizens Disability – working on your case. The Government Accountability Office has done research that shows that an applicant who has a representative has an up to three times greater chance of being approved than a person who goes it alone.
Hearing Offices in Louisiana & The SSA Offices They Serve
These are the “Office of Hearing Operations” offices in Louisiana. These offices are where hearings are scheduled and generally conducted. Each OHO office supports a number of regional Social Security Administration field offices. You are likely (but not guaranteed) to have your hearing scheduled with a Judge who works in the OHO office that supports the SSA field office nearest to you.
Hearing Office Region 6 Alexandria SSA, OHO
3403 Government Street Alexandria, Louisiana 71302
(877) 748-9764 • (318) 448-9842 • (877) 559-1912
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
LOUISIANA: Alexandria, El Dorado, LaFayette, Leesville, Monroe, Natchitoches, New Iberia, Opelousas, Ruston
Hearing Office Region 6 Metairie SSA, OHO
Galleria Building, Suite 2000 1 Galleria Boulevard
Metairie, Louisiana 70001
(877) 870-6383 • (504) 219-8917 • (877) 559-1919
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
LOUISIANA: Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge (North), Bogalusa, Hammond, Kenner
Hearing Office Region 6 New Orleans SSA, OHO
Suite 800 1515 Poydras Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
(888) 297-2210 • (504) 589-4585 • (877) 559-1922
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
LOUISIANA: DeRidder, Houma, Lake Charles, Morgan City, New Orleans (Downtown), New Orleans (West Bank), St. Tammany (Lacombe)
Hearing Office Region 6 Shreveport SSA, OHO
Louisiana Tower, Suite 700 401 Edwards Street
Shreveport, Louisiana 71101-6129
(866) 690-1805 • (318) 676-3889 • (877) 864-5923
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
LOUISIANA: Minden, Shreveport
List of Social Security Administration Field Offices in Louisiana
|Office Name||Location||Address||City||State||Phone Number|
|MINDEN LA||103 MBL BANK DRIVE||MINDEN||LA||(877) 319-5762|
|NEW ORLEANS DWNTWN LA||SUITE 500||400 POYDRAS STREET||NEW ORLEANS||LA||(800) 772-1213|
|SHREVEPORT LA||1240 S POINTE PKWY||SHREVEPORT||LA||(877) 319-3074|
|MONROE LA||1120 PLAZA BLVD||MONROE||LA||(866) 815-8716|
|BATON ROUGE LA||5455 BANKERS AVE||BATON ROUGE||LA||(866) 613-3070|
|ALEXANDRIA LA||3401 NORTH BLVD||ALEXANDRIA||LA||(877) 876-3171|
|LAKE CHARLES LA||SUITE B||149 W 18TH ST||LAKE CHARLES||LA||(877) 409-8431|
|LAFAYETTE LA||106 CORPORATE BLVD||LAFAYETTE||LA||(888) 619-4771|
|HOUMA LA||STE 100||178 CIVIC CENTER BLVD||HOUMA||LA||(866) 899-5631|
|HAMMOND LA||2100 ROBIN AVE||HAMMOND||LA||(855) 848-7937|
|NATCHITOCHES LA||950 KEYSER AVE||NATCHITOCHES||LA||(855) 634-4195|
|OPELOUSAS LA||5097 I49 S SERVICE RD||OPELOUSAS||LA||(866) 698-3338|
|MORGAN CITY LA||1279 CLOTHILDE ST||MORGAN CITY||LA||(855) 433-5874|
|BOGALUSA LA||438 AVENUE B||BOGALUSA||LA||(888) 748-7678|
|ORL WEST LA||115 TERRY PKWY||TERRYTOWN||LA||(800) 772-1213|
|KENNER LA||1616 JOE YENNI BLVD||KENNER||LA||(800) 772-1213|
|RUSTON LA||2017 BULAR ST||RUSTON||LA||(877) 405-7823|
|NEW IBERIA LA||417 SPANISH TOWN BLVD||NEW IBERIA||LA||(866) 592-1496|
|ST TAMMANY LA||64285 HIGHWAY 434||LACOMBE||LA||(866) 887-8997|
|LEESVILLE LA||2100 SARTOR ST||LEESVILLE||LA||(888) 577-6906|
|BATON ROUGE NORTH LA||4332 HARDING BLVD||BATON ROUGE||LA||(888) 487-0143|
All data on this page is current as of July, 2019.
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Since 2010, Citizens Disability has been America’s premier Social Security Disability institution. Our services include helping people in applying for SSDI benefits, managing the process through Reconsideration, and representing people in person at their Hearing, and if necessary, bringing their case to the Appeals Council. Our mission is to give a voice to the millions of Americans who are disabled and unable to work, helping them receive the Social Security Disability benefits to which they may be entitled. Learn more about us and disability benefits like SSDI & SSI or give us a call (800)492-3260.
More Important Information about The Application Process
Other Applying For SSDI FAQs:
- Can Citizens Disability help with my application?
- Does this process take as long as I’ve heard about?
- Can I receive both Medicare and Social Security disability benefits?
- Do I receive compensation while I wait for my approval?
- If I am denied, should I reapply?
- How long does it take for an initial application to be decided?
- What happens during the reconsideration stage?
- At which stage do I require an advocate?
- Should I give medical updates to the disability authorities throughout the appeals processes?
- Are there any costs to me during the appeals process?