DISABILITY LAW IS ALL WE DO


We help the people of Louisiana obtain Social Security disability benefits by guiding them through the lengthy and complex administrative appeal process. In addition, we appeal meritorious disability claims in Federal Court.

What is required to prove I am disabled? Do I need to have current medical treatment to be found disabled?

To be found disabled under the Social Security Act (the “Act”), you must have medical records to prove your case. Your physical or mental impairments must be demonstrated by medically acceptable clinical and laboratory diagnostic techniques. Under the Act, “[y]our statements alone are not enough to establish that there is a physical or mental impairment.” 20 C.F.R. § 404.1528.

Testimony regarding your symptoms is legally insufficient to prove you are disabled. “[R]egardless of how many symptoms an individual alleges, or how genuine the individual’s complaints may appear to be, the existence of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment cannot be established in the absence of objective medical abnormalities; i.e., medical signs and laboratory findings.” Social Security Ruling 96-4p.

Thus, without medical evidence, you cannot prove to the Social Security Administration that you are disabled. Listed below are local clinics in the Acadiana area that provide low cost medical treatment for mental and/or physical problems and which may be able to assist you in obtaining necessary medical care and documentation of your impairments.

Acadiana Area Clinics/Hospitals

Surrey Street Community Health Center
1004 Surrey St.
Lafayette, LA 70501
Phone: 337-261-9577

Iberia Comprehensive Community Health Center
806 Jefferson Terrace Blvd.
New Iberia, LA 70560
Phone: 337-365-4945

Abbeville Community Health Center
800 Charity Street
Abbeville, LA 70510
Phone: 337-893-3443

St. Martin Parish Community Health Center
317 Dernier Street
St. Martinville, LA 70582
Phone: 337-342-2566

SWLA Center for Health Services (Lafayette)
500 Patterson Rd.
Lafayette. LA 70501
Phone: 337-769-9451

SWLA Center for Health Services (Crowley)
613 John F. Kennedy Drive
Crowley, LA 70526
Phone: 337-783-5519

SWLA Center for Health Services (Lake Charles)
2000 Opelousas Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Phone: 337-439-9983

Fleur-de-Lis Community Health
376 Main Street
Cankton, LA 70584
Phone: 337-668-4141

Teche Action Clinic at Franklin
1115 Weber Street
Franklin, LA 70538
Phone: 337-828-2550

University Hospital & Clinics
(previously University Medical Center)
2390 West Congress St
Lafayette, LA 70506
Phone: 337-261-6000

Acadiana Area Behavioral Health Clinics

Joseph Tyler Behavioral Health Center
302 Dulles Drive
Lafayette, LA 70501
Phone: 337-262-4100

Crowley Behavioral Health Center
1822 W. 2nd Street
Crowley, LA 70526
Phone: 337-788-7511

New Iberia Behavioral Health Clinic
611 W. Admiral Doyle Drive
New Iberia, LA
Phone: 337-373-0002

Abbeville Behavioral Medicine Center
104 N. Hospital Drive
Abbeville, LA 70510
Phone: 337-893-5466

Vermillion Behavioral Health Center
2520 N. University Ave.
Lafayette, LA 70507
Phone: 337-234-5614