Kufs Disease (Types A and B) and Social Security Disability
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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? Kufs disease (types A and B) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is Kufs Disease?
Kufs disease is a degenerative disease of the nervous system, resulting in the progressive degradation of movement and cognition. It is one of a group of disorders called neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses that are characterized by a toxic accumulation of lipofuscins (fatty pigment molecules) in the body’s nerve cells. The cause of the majority of Kufs disease cases remains unknown, but in some individuals, Kufs disease is the result of a mutation in the gene that contains instructions for making the enzyme that, in healthy individuals, helps rid the body of harmful fats. There are two known types of Kufs disease: A and B. The two types are different but have some overlapping symptoms. Kufs disease usually presents around the age of 30, but symptoms can appear earlier or later in life. Affected individuals generally die within 10 years of symptom onset.
Kufs Disease Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of Kufs disease include:
- Seizures (type A)
- Uncontrollable muscle jerks (type A)
- Dementia (types A and B)
- Involuntary muscle movements (types A and B)
- Impaired coordination (types A and B)
- Speech difficulties (type A)
- Personality changes (type B)
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 Kufs Disease
Kufs disease (types A and B) automatically qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with Kufs disease (types A and B), 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 Kufs disease (types A and B), 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.