How do I apply for SSDI or SSI?

You can apply for social security disability benefits or supplemental security income benefits in a number of ways.

The best and most reliable method is to go to your local social security office and apply in person.  I am listing a few Louisiana Social Security Offices here for your reference:

  • 1616 Joe Yenni Blvd, Kenner, Louisiana
  • 400 Poydras, Suite 500, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 115 Terry Parkway, Terrytown, Louisiana
  • 19375 North 4th Street, Covington, Louisiana
  • 205 Arkansas Street, Bogalusa, Louisiana
  • 2100 Robin Avenue, Hammond, Louisiana
  • 2nd Floor Federal Building 206, 423 Lafayette St., Houma, Louisiana

If an office close to you is not listed, you can find the office that serves you by using Social Security’s Find An Office tool.

You should be aware that the in person application, while the most thorough, can take a few hours between the waiting and the application.  You should prepare to be there the whole day and have as many records as possible with you. You can also call in advance for an appointment at 1-800-772-1213.

You can also apply for social security disability benefits online.

How does Social Security determine if I qualify for SSDI?

Under Social Security rules and federal law, in order to qualify for SSDI, you must have a total disability that has or is expected to last for at least 12 months (or result in death) and you must have worked enough to be insured under Social Security law. Benefits are not payable for partial disabilities or for a short-term disability.

Social Security defines disability as your inability to do the work you performed before your disability began and the Social Security Administration determines that because of your disability you cannot adjust to other work. Your disability must also last or be expected to last for at least 12 months or to result in death. 

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