Lafayette, Louisiana residents who become disabled and can’t work as a result can turn to disability attorneys/advocates for help. These attorneys will not only help you apply for benefits, but they will also represent you at your disability hearing if necessary. As of December 2011, there were 5,660 people receiving SSDI benefits and 5,796 were receiving SSI benefits in Lafayette Parish.
Learn more about SSDI and SSI here.
The quickest way to apply for disability is on the SSA’s website. However, if you have any questions you can visit your local office. A few options are listed below:
106 Corporate Blvd
Lafayette, LA 70508
Telephone: (337) 261-0606
705 W Admiral Doyle Drive
New Iberia, LA 70560
Telephone: (866) 592-1496
5097 I49 S Service Rd
Opelousas, LA 70570
Telephone: (337) 942-1343
Lafayette Social Security Attorneys
Most people find the disability application to be rather confusing and time consuming. If you are one of those people, you should consider consulting with a Lafayette disability attorney or advocate. There is no up front cost associated with hiring an attorney. Your attorney will not be paid unless you are awarded benefits.
Go here for more info on how a disability attorney is paid or visit your local bar association:
Lafayette Parish Bar Association
2607 Johnston Street
Lafayette, LA 70503
A Lafayette Social Security Disability lawyer will also handle disability claims in the following cities located in Lafayette Parish, Saint Landry Parish, St. Martin Parish, Iberia Parish, Vermillion Parish, and Acadia Parish: Breaux Bridge, Carencro, Amaudville, Scott, Rayne, Crowley, St. Martinville, Broussard, Youngsville, New Iberia, Abbeville, Church Point, Opeloussas, Port Barre, Villa Platte, Eunice, and Baton Rouge.
Lafayette Disability Hearings
In the state of Louisiana, almost 70% of claims are denied at the initial level and almost 80% of the denied claims are denied at the reconsideration stage. If you have been denied at both of these stages as well, then you will have to request a hearing with the Alexandria, Louisiana hearing office. Currently there are 5,288 pending cases at the Alexandria office and the average wait time to have a hearing scheduled is 276 days.
If you are faced with an extreme medical or financial circumstance, you can contact your congressman to see if it is possible to have your hearing scheduled sooner. The congressman for the Lafayette area is:
800 Lafayette Street, Suite 1400
Lafayette, LA 70501
Phone: (337) 235-6322
Between October 2012 and January 2013, there were 1886 hearings scheduled with the Alexandria office and approximately 79% of them were successfully resolved (approved, partially approved or denied). There were 12 judges assigned to hear the cases at this office and they were able to resolve about 25 hearings per day combined.
Your Lafayette disability attorney will be familiar with the judges at this office and can tailor your case to the liking of the judge who is assigned to hear your case.
If you are unable to make it to your hearing, you can request a video hearing ahead of time. Approximately 31% of the hearings at the Lafayette office were video hearings.
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