Metairie Social Security Disability Benefits

To be found eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits in Metairie, LA you’ll need to prove to the Social Security Administration (SSA) that you suffer from total, permanent or extended disability. In other words, you must demonstrate that a disabling condition has prevented you from holding gainful employment and/or earning a living wage.

About 67 percent of initial applications for Metairie disability benefits are denied. If your claim is denied, you can request a reconsideration of your case. If denied a second time, you may file an appeal, and your claim will then be reviewed by an administrative law judge at a hearing. You should expect a lengthy wait before your hearing date is scheduled and your case is heard though. For some individuals, it can be as much as two years between the filing of their initial SSD application and the final approval or denial following and appeal hearing.

Metairie Health Resources

You will submit your application to the local Louisiana SSA office. That office will check the file for all the basic paperwork before sending it on to the Disability Determination Services (DDS). DDS is an agency which reviews the medical portion of your claim.

Medical records are central to any SSD application and must show you have received ongoing treatment for the condition(s) that are causing your disability. With limited income, paying for medical treatment can be difficult. Here are a few low cost and free Metairie disability resources for healthcare.

Metairie Clinic
111 N Causeway Blvd
Metairie, LA 70001
(504)482-0084

Other Resources in the Metairie Area:

River Ridge Area
11312 Jefferson Hwy
River Ridge, LA 70123M
(504)463-3002

Jefferson Community Health Center
4028 US Highway 90
Avondale, LA 70094
(504)436-2223

St. Thomas Community Health Center
1020 St. Andrews St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504)529-5558

Metairie Mental Health Resources

Some applications for Metairie disability benefits are entirely driven by a disabling mental or psychological condition. For other disabled individuals, there can be mental and psychological components affecting their disability. It is critical that a strong SSD claim contain documentation associated with ongoing treatment for any mental or psychological conditions that play a role in disability. Here are a few Metairie disability resources for low cost and free mental health treatment.

East Jefferson Behavioral Health Center
2400 Edenborn Ave
Metairie, LA 70001
(504)838-5257

Other nearby locations:

Central City Mental Health Clinic
2221 Phillip St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504)568-6650

Drop-In Clinic at Covenant House
611 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504)584-1112

Metairie Supplemental Security Benefits

For Metairie disability benefit recipients who need additional assistance paying for every day expenses and medical-related costs, Supplemental Security Income is also available. The dollar amount of benefits vary dependent upon the individual’s needs and circumstances. Medicaid waivers and Medicare insurance coverage are often available as well.

To learn more about Medicaid waivers and Medicare eligibility, contact:

Jefferson Parish East Bank Bureau of Health Services Financing
Benson Tower
1450 Poydras, 10th Floor
New Orleans, LA 70112
(888)342-6207

Your Metairie Social Security Disability Claim

Having as complete of medical records as possible and ensuring all your SSD application paperwork is in order will increase your chances of being found eligible for SSD, but it will not guarantee it. Hiring the services of a Metairie Social Security lawyer can significantly increase your odds.

There is also no need to worry about your financial limitations in seeking the help a Metairie Social Security lawyer, as there is no upfront cost for hiring one. Metairie disability lawyers are paid only if you receive benefits, at which time they are entitled to 25% of the retroactive payments you receive at the commencement of your SSD payments (a maximum of about $6,000).

If you are interested in obtaining an evaluation of your Social Security Disability case, click the "Free Disability Evaluation" link at the top of the page for your free case evaluation or to get more information about hiring a Metairie disability attorney.