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)
Louisiana42.6%24.6%51.2%
National Average35.6%12.6%53.9%
State Difference:7.0%11.9%-2.7%

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 Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
Louisiana42.6%39.4%37.6%38.0%34.7%34.1%32.1%33.7%35.0%
National Average35.6%34.7%33.7%33.1%32.8%33.0%33.4%33.2%35.1%
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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 Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
Louisiana24.6%29.2%28.5%29.8%16.1%19.4%23.5%24.8%23.4%
National Average12.6%13.1%12.8%11.8%11.0%11.4%11.9%11.4%12.5%
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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 Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
Louisiana51.2%50.9%53.4%51.9%50.1%51.4%51.1%51.1%54.3%
National Average53.9%56.8%54.7%53.4%53.7%55.5%57.7%62.5%67.2%
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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)
National Average15.453452.7%
Louisiana Average11.843538.8%
METAIRIE12.847034.9%
NEW ORLEANS12.042543.1%
SHREVEPORT10.640936.4%

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.


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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.
ARKANSAS: Texarkana
LOUISIANA: Minden, Shreveport
TEXAS: Marshall

List of Social Security Administration Field Offices in Louisiana

Office NameLocationAddressCityStatePhone Number
MINDEN LA103 MBL BANK DRIVEMINDENLA(877) 319-5762
NEW ORLEANS DWNTWN LASUITE 500400 POYDRAS STREETNEW ORLEANSLA(800) 772-1213
SHREVEPORT LA1240 S POINTE PKWYSHREVEPORTLA(877) 319-3074
MONROE LA1120 PLAZA BLVDMONROELA(866) 815-8716
BATON ROUGE LA5455 BANKERS AVEBATON ROUGELA(866) 613-3070
ALEXANDRIA LA3401 NORTH BLVDALEXANDRIALA(877) 876-3171
LAKE CHARLES LASUITE B149 W 18TH STLAKE CHARLESLA(877) 409-8431
LAFAYETTE LA106 CORPORATE BLVDLAFAYETTELA(888) 619-4771
HOUMA LASTE 100178 CIVIC CENTER BLVDHOUMALA(866) 899-5631
HAMMOND LA2100 ROBIN AVEHAMMONDLA(855) 848-7937
NATCHITOCHES LA950 KEYSER AVENATCHITOCHESLA(855) 634-4195
OPELOUSAS LA5097 I49 S SERVICE RDOPELOUSASLA(866) 698-3338
MORGAN CITY LA1279 CLOTHILDE STMORGAN CITYLA(855) 433-5874
BOGALUSA LA438 AVENUE BBOGALUSALA(888) 748-7678
ORL WEST LA115 TERRY PKWYTERRYTOWNLA(800) 772-1213
KENNER LA1616 JOE YENNI BLVDKENNERLA(800) 772-1213
RUSTON LA2017 BULAR STRUSTONLA(877) 405-7823
NEW IBERIA LA417 SPANISH TOWN BLVDNEW IBERIALA(866) 592-1496
ST TAMMANY LA64285 HIGHWAY 434LACOMBELA(866) 887-8997
LEESVILLE LA2100 SARTOR STLEESVILLELA(888) 577-6906
BATON ROUGE NORTH LA4332 HARDING BLVDBATON ROUGELA(888) 487-0143
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All data on this page is current as of July, 2019.

About Citizens Disability, LLC:

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.