Edwards Syndrome (Trisomy 18) and Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability Lawyer
Typically, applying for and receiving social security disability benefits can take many months. But what if your disabling condition is so severe that you cannot wait? Edwards syndrome is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is Edwards Syndrome?
Edwards syndrome (also called Trisomy 18) is a disease caused by the presence of an extra copy, or extra fragment, of chromosome 18. Most cases of Edwards syndrome result from random genetic changes during fetal development. Edwards syndrome affects multiple parts of the body, including the brain, heart, and skeleton. Many cases of Edwards syndrome result in miscarriages, and affected individuals carried to term are unlikely to survive past their first year. Those who do survive past year one have severe intellectual disabilities and a host of other medical issues.
Edwards Syndrome Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of Edwards syndrome include:
- Low birth weight
- Small head size
- Small jaw
- Low‐set ears
- Clenched hands
- Crossed legs
- Feet with rounded soles
- Mental retardation
- Abnormally‐shaped chest
- Heart defects
If you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms, it is important to talk with a doctor immediately.
Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits and Edwards Syndrome
Edwards syndrome automatically qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with Edwards syndrome, then you are considered disabled for at least 24 months from the date of diagnosis.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Edwards syndrome, contact an experienced social security disability lawyer today. Please call us at 1-800‐882-5500 or fill out a free consultation form for a free evaluation of your social security disability case.