Patau Syndrome (Trisomy 13) 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? Patau syndrome (also called Trisomy 13) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is Patau Syndrome?
Patau syndrome is a condition caused by a chromosomal abnormality and characterized by severe physical and intellectual disabilities. The majority of Patau syndrome cases result from cells carrying an extra copy of chromosome 13. However, Patau syndrome can also occur when part of chromosome 13 attaches itself to another chromosome during early fetal development or during the formation of reproductive cells. Most cases of this condition result from random abnormalities and errors in cell division; they are not generally inherited. Women of any age can have a child with Patau syndrome, but the older a woman is, the more likely her chances are of giving birth to an affected child. The prognosis for those diagnosed with this disease is poor; many infants die within their first few days or weeks or life. A few survive past their first year.
Patau Syndrome Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of Patau syndrome include:
- Severe intellectual disability
- Brain defects
- Heart defects
- Small, poorly developed eyes
- Small head size
- Spinal defects
- Deformed feet
- Kidney defects
- Extra and/or deformed fingers and/or toes
- Cleft lip
- Cleft palate
- Poor muscle tone
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 Patau Syndrome
Patau syndrome qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Patau syndrome, 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 Patau syndrome, 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.