Friedreich’s Ataxia (FRDA) 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? Friedreich’s Ataxia (FRDA) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is FRDA?
FRDA is an inherited disease of the central nervous system. The disease destroys nerve tissue in the spinal cord, particularly the sensory neurons, which are essential to the movement of the arms and legs. As the nerve tissue in the spinal cord thins, nerves lose the coating, called the myelin sheath, that insulates them and helps conduct nerve impulses. The result is a degradation of muscle function, motor coordination, and other faculties such as hearing and sight. In some cases, those diagnosed with FRDA may develop diabetes and/or heart conditions. FRDA usually presents before the age of 25 and affected individuals are eventually wheelchair bound.
Some of the symptoms of FRDA disease include:
- Muscle weakness in arms and legs
- Poor coordination
- Abnormal gait and frequent falls
- Impaired vision and hearing
- Slurred speech
- Foot deformities (high plantar arches)
- Heart disease
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 FRDA
FRDA automatically qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with FRDA, 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 FRDA, 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.