Late Infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (LINCL) 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? Late infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (LINCL) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is LINCL?
LINCL is one of a group of neurodegenerative disorders called neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses (NCLs) that are characterized by a toxic accumulation of lipofuscins (fatty pigment molecules) in the body’s nerve cells. LINCL is associated with a mutation in the gene, which, in healthy individuals contains instructions for making an enzyme responsible for helping rid the body of harmful fats and proteins. In LINCL, harmful levels of lipofuscins accumulate in the body’s nerve cells, which then die. The death of nerve cells corresponds to the deterioration in motor function and cognition in affected individuals. LINCL presents between the ages of 2 and 4 and progresses rapidly. Affected individuals usually die between the ages of 8 and 12. There is no cure for LINCL; treatment is symptomatic and supportive.
Some of the symptoms of LINCL include:
- Loss of muscle coordination
- Mental deterioration
- Delayed speech development
- Vision 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 LINCL
LINCL automatically qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with LINCL, 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 LINCL, 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.