Neonatal Adrenoleukodystrophy (NALD) 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? Neonatal adrenoleukodystrophy (NALD) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is NALD?
NALD is a genetic disease that stems from faulty peroxisome biogenesis and function. Peroxisomes are cellular structures that contain a set of enzymes that help break down fatty acids and other substances into smaller units to release energy for the body’s cells to use. When these fatty acids and other substances remain intact, they accumulate in the brain, adrenal glands, and a number of other areas of the body and slowly destroy the myelin sheath that insulates the nerve fibers. As the myelin sheath deteriorates, the nerves lose their ability to transmit electrochemical nerve impulses from the brain to the rest of the body. There is no cure for NALD; treatment is symptomatic and supportive.
Some of the symptoms of NALD include:
- Facial abnormalities
- Mental retardation
- Retinal degeneration
- Poor muscle tone
- Enlarged liver
- Adrenal dysfunction
- Psychomotor retardation
- Poor suckling ability
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 NALD
NALD 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 NALD, 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 NALD, 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.