Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation Types 1 and 2 (NBIA-1, NBIA-2) 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? Neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation types 1 and 2 (NBIA-1, NBIA-2) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is NBIA?
NBIA is the umbrella term used to describe a group of rare, inherited neurodegenerative movement disorders. NBIA is caused by one or more genetic mutations that cause iron to accumulate in the areas of the brain that control movement and balance. NBIA patients often experience long periods of relative stability punctuated by short periods of rapid deterioration. NBIA usually presents in childhood. There is no cure for the disease; treatment is symptomatic and supportive. The prognosis for those diagnosed with NBIA varies. Some succumb prematurely to malnutrition and aspiration pneumonia (complications owing to difficulties swallowing), but many live into adulthood. The average survival rate post-diagnosis is 10-12 years.
NBIA-1 and 2 Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of NBIA-1 and 2 include:
- Poor muscle tone
- Muscle rigidity
- Muscle spasms
- Problems swallowing
- Movement difficulties
- Speech difficulties
- Impaired vision and night blindness
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 NBIA-1 and 2
NBIA-1 and 2 automatically qualify you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with NBIA-1 and 2, 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 NBIA-1 and 2, 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.