Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA) 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? Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is SCA?
SCA is a group of inherited, neurodegenerative disorders. The hallmark of SCA is a progressive incoordination of gait, usually accompanied by an incoordination of the hands, speech, and eyes. Generally speaking, however, the condition does not affect an individual’s mental capacity. There are many different types of SCA, varying widely in average age of onset, and each with its own collection of symptoms directly related to the specific region of the cerebellum involved. There is no cure for SCA; treatment is symptomatic and supportive.
Some of the symptoms of SCA include:
- Loss of motor coordination, especially in hands
- Gait abnormalities
- Balance difficulties
- Trouble swallowing
- Speech difficulties
- Irregular and/or slow eye movements
- Sleep disorders
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 SCA
SCA qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with SCA, 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 SCA, 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.