Louisiana State Bar Association

Louisiana Social Security Disability Lawyer

Rod Deus Lawyer

We, at the Deus Law firm, know that if you are applying for social security disability benefits, it means you could use some help. You work hard throughout your life, whether that be at your job, taking care of your kids or family members, or even just trying to make it the best way you know how. But maybe life throws you a few curve balls that you weren’t intending due to a mental or physical disability. Money is scarce and you might just be trying to make it week to week. The process for getting disability doesn’t help as it is often complicated and difficult to even start, let alone finish so that you can move on with your life.

Louisiana Social Security Disability Lawyer Rod Deus has made it a point to devote his professional life to help those with disabilities receive the social security benefits that they deserve. Mr. Deus has exclusively practiced Social Security Law for over 30 years, and he brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience to the subject. He has devoted countless hours to being able to not only understand the social security law itself, but the many medical conditions that affect his clients, as well. In his long career, Rod Deus has represented people with nearly every type of disability.

Mr. Deus has been a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) for over twenty years, and an original member of the Fifth Circuit Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (FOSSCR), a subsection of NOSSCR for Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

NOSSCR is a “specialized bar association” whose mission statement is:

“ advocate for improvements in Social Security disability programs and to ensure that individuals with disabilities applying for Social Security Disability and SSI benefits have access to highly qualified representation and receive fair decisions.” (NOSSCR 2021).”

He has also acted as a guest lecturer for both FOSSCR and the Louisiana State Bar Association. He possesses the industry know-how to help you with your case.

If you’re out of state, then you’re probably thinking, “What can he do to help me all the way over there?” Well, Mr. Deus mainly concentrates his practice in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, and Florida, but he has been asked by people in numerous states to represent them in Social Security cases. We get everything done through phone, email, mail, and fax. In the event of an in-person hearing, Mr. Deus would fly out for it. And unless you receive your Social Security benefits, you are not charged a fee for our services. Due to COVID-19 Pandemic we are doing all intake, hearings, and hearing preps over the phone. If this seems like a good fit for you, give our office a call and let Louisiana Social Security Disability Rod Deus use his knowledge and experience to help you get the social security disability benefits that you deserve. You can contact our office at 504-588-9123 or by e-mail at

Understanding Social Security

SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance)

  • Are you eligible?
    • To qualify for SSDI, you need to have 20 out of the last 40 work credits paid into Social Security, or have worked and paid into Social Security at least 5 of the last 10 years.
      • The year is broken up into quarters, which Social Security figures in March, June, September, and December.
      • To receive a credit, you need to have earned around $1100 for that quarter
      • If you make over $4,400 for a year, Social Security will give you all 4 quarters for the year
    • If you are under the age of 31, the rules are different regarding credits
  • How to start the application:
    • You can apply by filling out an online application, or by calling a Social Security Office to set up a phone appointment with them to start the application.
  • How much would you receive?
    • The amount is calculated based on your lifetime earnings by Social Security and is different for everyone
    • You can get a specific number by signing up for a “my Social Security” account on SSA’s website and requesting a Social Security Statement

SSI (Supplemental Security Income)

  • Are you eligible?
    • SSI is a more financial-based program, so it’s affected by your assets and any income coming into your household
    • Generally, if you have over $2000 in assets for a single person or $3000 in assets for a married couple (including any bank accounts), it would make you ineligible
    • Common assets that don’t affect SSI per SSA:
      • The home that is your primary residence and the land it’s on
      • One vehicle
      • Household goods and personal effects like wedding rings
    • Common assets that do affect SSI:
      • Bank accounts, stocks, US savings bonds
      • More than one vehicle
      • Land and property that isn’t your primary residence
    • Any children under the age of 18 living with you that you are the guardian for can increase the amount of income you can have coming in and still qualify
  • How to start the application:
    • You would have to apply by calling the Social Security Office (preferably one local to reduce wait times) and set up a phone appointment with them to start your application.
    • If you try to use the online application without the necessary work credits, the application will tell you you’re not eligible.
  • How much would you receive?
    • The amount for SSI is a set $794 a month for 2021.
Survivor’s Benefits

Child’s Benefits

  • Are you eligible?
    • You are eligible for Child’s Benefits if:
      • You had a parent who passed away and had paid into Social Security taxes long enough OR you have a parent who’s disabled or retired that is entitled to Social Security benefits
      • You are under the age of 18, between the ages of 18-19 and a full-time student in no higher than 12th grade, or 18 or older with a disability that began before 22
  • How to start the application:
    • To start the application, you would have to call a Social Security office and say you want to apply for Child’s Benefits
  • How much would you receive?
    • A child can receive up to 75% of their deceased parent’s Social Security benefits
    • There is a limit to how many Social Security benefits

Mother/Father Benefits

  • You are eligible for Mother/Father Benefits if:
    • Not working
    • Taking care of a child under the age of 16 or disabled in your care
  • Requirements for the application
    • To start the application, you would have to call a Social Security office and say you want to apply for Mother’s or Father’s Benefits
  • How much would you receive?

Widow’s/Widower’s Social Security Disability

  • You are eligible for Widow’s Disability if:
    • You are between the ages of 50-59
    • Your spouse passed away within the last 7 years
    • You were married and living together for at least 9 months
    • You meet the criteria for being disabled
  • You are eligible for Widow’s Retirement Disability at the age of 60 with the same requirements
  • How to start the application:
    • You would have to call a Social Security Office and say that you would like to start an application for either Widow’s Disability or Widow’s Disability Retirement, depending on your age
  • How much would you receive?
Client Reviews
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My case worker was very helpful with all my questions and called me back when he said he would. Mr. Deus was very thorough when he asked me about my condition. I would recommend him to my family and friends. The only regret I have is that I didn't call him sooner Donald Rapp - Zephyrhills, FL
Mr. Rod Deus is a very smart, kind and highly intelligent lawyer. The office staff is professional, knowledgeable and they always put the customer/client first. I strongly recommend that others choose Mr. Rod Deus for their attorney. Mr. Deus will give your case the respect, efficiency and promptness it deserves. Karen Palmer - New Orleans, LA
I am very grateful for all the support I received from Austin and Vanessa and attorney Rod Deus. I was successful in my social security case due to all the guidance received from Mr. Deus and the office staff. I could not have won the case without you. You are the best! Hector Santiago - Apopka, FL
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