Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy (INAD) 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? Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy (INAD) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is INAD?
INAD is an inherited neurodegenerative condition that affects axons, nerve fibers that transmit messages from the brain to other parts of the body. The cause of INAD is unknown, but the symptoms of the disease result from a buildup of toxic substances within the nerves that communicate with the skin, muscles, and eyes. The symptoms of INAD manifest within the first 2 years of life, and some affected individuals are born with facial deformities. There is no cure for INAD; treatment is symptomatic and supportive. Children with INAD usually die by age 10.
Some of the symptoms of INAD include:
- Facial deformities at birth (prominent forehead, small nose and jaw, crossed eyes, low-set ears)
- Loss of head control
- Poor muscle tone
- Loss of ability to sit, stand, and walk
- Loss of vision and speech
- Hearing loss
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 INAD
INAD automatically qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with INAD, 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 INAD, 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.