Rhizomelic Chondrodysplasia Punctata (RCDP) 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? Rhizomelic chondrodysplasia punctata (RCDP) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is RCDP?
RCDP is a rare, inherited condition characterized by skeletal abnormalities and severe developmental and intellectual impairment. One of the key features of RCDP is a shortening of the long bones in the upper arms and thighs. Abnormal facial features, seizures, and severe respiratory complications are also hallmarks of the condition. Most infants born with RCDP fail to achieve basic developmental milestones such as sitting unassisted, feeding themselves, and speaking in phrases. Mutations in one of three genes cause RCDP, of which there are 3 varieties. The 3 varieties of the disease have similar features, but are differentiated by their genetic roots. It is rare for people with RCDP to live past age 10. However, some individuals with milder cases can live into early adulthood.
Some of the symptoms of RCDP include:
- Bone and joint deformities
- Distinctive facial features (wide-set eyes, upturned nose, prominent forehead, sunken-in face)
- Respiratory problems
- Slow growth in infants
- Intellectual impairment
- Developmental disabilities
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 RCDP
RCDP qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with RCDP, 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 RCDP, 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.