Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis (SSPE) 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? Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is SSPE?
SSPE is a lethal, neurodegenerative viral infection stemming from an abnormal immune response to measles. In essence, SSPE is a brain virus, causing inflammation and progressive neurological deterioration over a long period of time. The condition tends to present several years after an individual has recovered from measles, and most often strikes children and adolescents. Furthermore, those who have had measles at an early age (i.e. before the age of 2) are more susceptible to SSPE. There is no cure for SSPE, but certain antiviral drugs can slow the progression of the disease. The prognosis for affected individuals is poor; many die within 3 years of diagnosis, though some live longer.
Some of the symptoms of SSPE include:
- Changes in behavior
- Unexplained bizarre behavior
- Muscle jerks or spasms
- Unsteady gait
- Muscle rigidity
- Poor muscle tone
- Weakness in the legs
- Memory loss
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 SSPE
SSPE qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with SSPE, 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 SSPE, 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.