Ohtahara Syndrome 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? Ohtahara syndrome (OS) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is OS?
OS is a rare neurological disorder that appears within the first three months of life, and many times within the first 10 days. It is characterized by seizures and severe developmental retardation. The cause of OS is unknown; however, structural brain damage and metabolic disorders are strongly linked to many cases of the disease. OS is a rapidly progressive condition and the prognosis for those diagnosed with it is poor, as there is no cure. Some will die in infancy and those who survive past infancy grow increasingly incapacitated by worsening seizures and physical and mental retardation.
Some of the symptoms of OS include:
- Muscle jerks
- Mental retardation
- Developmental impairment
- Poor muscle tone
- Psychomotor retardation
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 OS
OS 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 OS, 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 OS, 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.