Fighting Life's Legal Battles with Compassion and Care

Disability, Personal Injury, and Family Law Attorney

Are you unable to continue working due to a disability? Was your valid disability claim denied by Social Security or an insurance company? Were you injured and now can't work because of your disabling personal injury? Are you going through a divorce or fighting for custody?

  • If you need Social Security disability and were denied or don't know where to start, we can help!
  • If you were denied long-term disability benefits under your company policy, we can help!
  • If you were injured in a car crash or because of someone else's negligence, we can help!
  • If you or your loved ones are going through a divorce or custody battle and are in need of family law assistance, we can help!

Our team provides you with personal attention and the information necessary to help you understand what's at stake and what choices you have.

We break through the confusion and help you make the decisions that will allow you to move forward and onward in your life.

And we pledge to do it with the care and compassion that you deserve and should expect during life's difficult times.

How Can a Lawyer in Luling and Metairie, LA Help You?

Our clients are some of the most hardworking people we’ve ever met. Some of them have worked for years at the local plants as foremen, supervisors, machine operators. and Some of them have built their careers in our local hospitals and doctors’ offices as nurses, technicians, hospitality workers, and maintenance staff. They regularly put in a 40-hour week and then pulled over-time.

But what happens to them when an illness or an injury makes them unable to work?

What recourse do they have if their long-term disability insurer bails on them?

How do they fight the insurance companies if they have been injured in a wreck and the company refuses to pay?

What happens when their marriage ends and their spouse wants to take the children?

Our clients are just like you. They aren’t the type to sue. Most of them don’t like the idea of taking someone to court and have never needed to hire an attorney. They like to handle things on their own and we respect that.

Just keep in mind that the accident wasn’t your fault. You didn’t plan to get sick or injured. If you were able, you’d still be working. The divorce may not have been your first option.

There’s no shame in wanting your medical bills paid or your property replaced. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to fight for the benefits you paid into. And you deserve to keep some semblance of the life you had worked so hard to build.

When life hits you with unexpected legal challenges, you need someone in your corner – someone whose only interest is your best interest.

We represent clients from all walks of life and handle your case like it’s our only one. Care and compassion are our first priority.

Social Security Disability Attorney and Representative

When a disability or injury has left you unable to work, knowing where to turn is important.

Not being able to provide for yourself or your family is unbearably stressful, and we understand what you are going through.

SSDI applications and SSI appeals can be difficult, time-consuming processes especially when you’re in constant pain or dealing with a debilitating injury.

For over 15 years, our firm has been helping people:

  • Apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
  • Appeal Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) denials
  • Appeal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) denials

Our team will take some of the stress away by helping you file your SSDI application, reviewing necessary forms with you, and guiding you every step of the way.

If you have already applied for SSDI and received a denial, our team will work with your doctors to gather additional medical evidence, review your Social Security documents and paperwork, and help you prepare for your hearing if one is necessary.

For SSI denials, our team will assist you with your appeal by helping you gather medical evidence from your doctors, reviewing necessary forms, and if necessary, preparing you for your hearing.

SSDI attorney Loyd Bourgeois and Social Security representative Christy Crotwell can help with disability claims throughout the entire state of Louisiana, including New Orleans, Metairie, Shreveport, Lake Charles, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, and Luling.

Long-Term Disability Lawyer

If you have been paying into long-term disability (LTD) benefits through your employer, you expect those benefits to be there when you need them most.

But what do you do if your long-term disability insurance -- that you’ve been paying into for years -- tells you that you can work, so you are being DENIED?

Your LTD insurer is regulated under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, better known as ERISA.

If you decide to handle your LTD claim on your own, you’ll no doubt learn that ERISA law can be complicated and confusing.

Hiring an attorney is the best course of action. Our team is experienced ERISA law and knows how to navigate this legislation.

If you need an experienced Long-Term Disability attorney, our team can assist you with:

  • Long-Term Disability Filing Assistance
  • Long-Term Disability Appeals
  • Long-Term Disability Repayment
  • Long-Term Disability Litigation

Personal Injury Attorney

With so many people living and working in New Orleans and Metairie and commuting from surrounding areas like St. Charles Parish, car accidents are a daily occurrence that can have life-altering consequences.

Even if your accident wasn’t severe, the injuries you sustained could have long-lasting effects.

If you were injured in a wreck or because of someone else's negligence, we can help!

We can help you with the stress of fighting the insurance company to obtain a fair settlement for:

  • Car Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Boating Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Burn Injuries
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Any other injury suffered due to someone else's negligence

If you have been the victim of a serious injury, we understand how dramatically your life may have been impacted and we help those who have suffered disabling injuries to pursue the financial support and compensation they need.

Before signing any forms or talking to an insurance adjuster, you need to consult personal injury attorney Loyd Bourgeois for a free case evaluation.

Divorce and Family Law Attorney

Like you, the needs of our children and family will always come first.

We understand you want what’s best for them. We want that too.

When life doesn’t turn out as expected, you need more than a family law attorney. You need a trusted advocate and confidant. Someone who cares about your family just as much as you do.

Our experienced attorneys will guide you through this difficult process.

Our team will discuss your options and go over a plan of action that best suits your needs and the needs of your family.

Our team will compassionately help you with:

  • Filing for divorce
  • Contested divorce
  • Uncontested divorce
  • Child custody
  • Pursuing child support
  • Alimony/Spousal support
  • Community Property
  • Debt Obligations
  • And more

We know the importance of relationships in this process. We go the extra mile to ease the burdens you face during this difficult period when you need to focus on yourself and your family.

Our family law attorneys are here to help you protect your rights and make informed choices with care and compassion.

The Compassion You Deserve. The Competence You Need.

As a Luling lawyer who has fought hard for the benefits of the disabled and compensation for the injured, I can guide you through this difficult time while taking the necessary and appropriate steps to get you some relief as quickly as possible.

You no longer have to be overwhelmed.

The piles of paperwork, the questions designed to trip you up, and the endless court dates and appointments. It's a lot to handle, especially during this tough time in your life.

Let your team at LJBLegal take the anxiety and stress out of your situation, whether it be a disability denial, personal injury claim, or family law matter.  

We have developed and refined tools and strategies over the years to give you the best chance to get the outcome you deserve.

Your LJBLegal team navigates you through the maze of disability doctors, insurance adjusters, and complicated legal jargon to make it EASY FOR YOU!  

So you can focus on you and we can get you the benefits you earned or the compensation for the pain and disabling injuries you suffered.

From our Luling law office, LJBLegal helps a wide variety of injured workers across Louisiana get the disability payments and injury compensation they deserve!  We also see clients by appointment in our Metairie law office.

Most people are understandably worried about how they will afford an attorney. 

For most disability and personal injury cases, there are no fees or costs unless we win!

Call 985-240-9773 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your free, confidential consultation.

12 Tips for Applying for SSDI Benefits

1 Know your medical records
Make sure that the medical records diagnosing your condition are included. This may be an MRI, CT Scan, EEG, EKG, stress test, nuclear test, or other appropriate testing. It is important that you "know your medical records."
2 Document your symptoms
Make sure your medical records document ALL of your symptoms and limitations and the residual effects you experience. Your medical records should not just document your stroke, they should include your physical therapy, speech therapy or other therapy you have undergone. You need to let your doctor how often you feel symptoms, how severe each symptom is and how long each symptom lasts. Make sure that all your medical problems are adequately documented by your doctor, and that you are receiving the appropriate medical attention for all of your disabling symptoms. Make sure any side effects of medication are noted in your records.
3 Ask for help
Have someone assist you with your claim if your memory, concentration, etc. prevent you from completing the forms yourself.
4 See a specialist
See a specialist. Treatment of stroke and recovery by a neurologist will carry more weight than the same diagnosis from a family physician or internist professional.
5 Doctor's orders
Comply with your doctor's orders and try what is recommended.
6 Mental health
See a mental health professional. If you are suffering from depression or anxiety as a result of the chronic problems and inability to participate in life, see a mental health professional to diagnose, treat, and document these conditions.
7 Appointments
See your doctor regularly and keep your appointments.
8 Work history
If you can, provide evidence of a long work history.
9 Provide examples
Provide examples of unsuccessful attempts to return to work and/or unsuccessful attempts to work in a decreased capacity, if applicable.
10 Non-medical sources
Include information from non-medical sources to support your medical claims. Gather Information from neighbors, friends, relatives, clergy, and/or past employers about your impairments and how they affect your function. Have them document changes that they have seen in your ability over time. These are not given nearly as much weight as testimony from a medical professional, but they don't hurt.
11 Keep a journal
Keep a journal. Make regular notes about your impairment, level of function, and treatments.
12 Contact an attorney
If you need assistance with your claim, contact an attorney who specializes in Social Security Disability.

Meet Our Team

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Loyd J. Bourgeois

Attorney

Loyd Bourgeois is a Social Security Disability, Personal Injury, and Family Law attorney with offices in Luling and Metairie serving New Orleans and L...

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Christy Crotwell

SSA Hearing Rep & Paralegal

Christy Crotwell is an SSA Hearing Rep and Paralegal. She is the primary liaison for all of our SSDI clients to the SSA, insurance adjusters, and cou...

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