Late Infantile Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD) 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? Late infantile metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is MLD?
MLD is a lysosomal storage disease caused by a deficiency of the enzyme arylsulfatase A. Without this enzyme, sulfatides (compounds containing fats, waxes, and fat-soluble vitamins) accumulate in the body’s tissues and eat away at the substance that insulates nerve fibers (myelin). Without a proper myelin sheath protecting those nerve fibers, the brain cannot effectively transmit electrochemical impulses to other areas of the body; consequently, affected individuals experience a deterioration of cognitive capacity and motor skills. There are three forms of MLD: late infantile, juvenile, and adult. The late infantile form is the most common and aggressive form of MLD. Late infantile MLD is a terminal illness; treatment is symptomatic and supportive. Affected individuals usually die before the age of 5.
Late Infantile MLD Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of late infantile MLD include:
- Poor muscle tone and full-body weakness
- Muscle atrophy
- Difficulty walking in the first year of life
- Developmental delay
- Loss of vision
- Difficulty swallowing
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 Late Infantile MLD
Late infantile MLD automatically qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with late infantile MLD, 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 late infantile MLD, 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.