Rett Syndrome (RTT) 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? Rett syndrome (RTT) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is RTT?
RTT is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects the brain’s grey matter. Caused by a mutation in the MECP2 gene (though some cases stem from mutations in other genes), RTT almost exclusively affects girls. Children born with RTT appear normal at birth, but develop symptoms between 6 and 18 months of age. RTT is characterized by a host of physical and developmental abnormalities. There is no cure for RTT; treatment is symptomatic and supportive. The prognosis for affected individuals depends upon the age of symptom onset and the speed of the condition’s progression. Some babies born with RTT live into adulthood; others die in infancy.
Some of the symptoms of RTT include:
- Small hands and feet
- Slow head growth
- Repetitive, stereotyped hand movements
- Screaming fits and inconsolable crying
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Failure to grow
- Lack of verbal skills
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 RTT
RTT qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with RTT, 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 RTT, 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.