Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome (WHS) 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? Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome (WHS) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is WHS?
WHS is a condition that affects many parts of the body. Its characteristic elements are distinctive facial features, intellectual and developmental delay, and seizures. This condition is caused by a random deletion of genetic material on chromosome 4 during embryonic development; the size of the deletion is variable, and, studies suggest, corresponds to the severity of the symptoms. While scientists have not determined the specific functions of many of the genes affected by the deletion, what they do know is that those genes are crucial players in early growth and development. WHS is nearly twice as common in females as in males. Treatment for the condition is symptomatic and supportive. While some babies born with severe cases of WHS die in infancy or early childhood, some affected individuals can live into adulthood.
Some of the symptoms of WHS include:
- Distinctive facial features (flat nasal bridge, high forehead, wide-set eyes, downturned mouth)
- Asymmetrical facial features
- Small, poorly formed ears with small holes and skin flaps
- Small head size
- Delayed growth and development
- Problems feeding
- Failure to thrive
- Poor muscle tone
- Short stature
- Intellectual disabilities
- Cardiac defects
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 WHS
WHS qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with WHS, 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 WHS, 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.