The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis/Parkinsonism Dementia Complex (ALS/PDC) 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? The Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/Parkinsonism dementia complex (ALS/PDC) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is ALS/PDC?
ALS/PDC is a lethal, neurodegenerative disorder. More specifically, it is a rare, malignant form of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) that occurs almost exclusively on the island of Guam and on the Kii peninsula of Japan. The key feature of ALS/PDC is that it incorporates elements of classic ALS, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia. As nerve cells and nerve fibers deteriorate, the body loses its ability to transmit electrochemical impulses from the brain to other parts of the body. This deterioration produces a variety of neurological symptoms such as impaired movement, muscle weakness and rigidity, speech difficulties, and dementia. There is no cure for ALS/PDC; treatment is symptomatic and supportive.
Some of the symptoms of ALS/PDC include:
- Abnormally slow movement
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle rigidity
- Abnormal gait
- Slurred or impaired speech
- 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 ALS/PDC
ALS/PDC qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ALS/PDC, 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 ALS/PDC, 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.