I-Cell Disease 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? I-cell disease is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is I-Cell Disease?
I-cell disease is an inherited, degenerative metabolic disorder that belongs to a larger group of diseases called lysosomal storage disorders. Lysosomes are particles that break down fats and sugars in the body. When they fail to do so, it leads to an accumulation of fats and other substances in the body’s cells. I-cell disease is the result of a gene mutation that causes multiple lysosomal enzyme deficiencies; in healthy individuals, these lysosomal enzymes would help break down the fats and sugars in cells. There is no cure for I-cell disease; treatment is symptomatic and supportive. The prognosis for those diagnosed with I-cell disease is poor; most do not live past early childhood.
I-Cell Disease Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of I-cell disease include:
- Coarse facial features
- Skeletal abnormalities
- Low birth weight
- Delayed growth
- Mental retardation
- Enlarged liver and spleen
- Chronic respiratory infections
- Impaired hearing
- Heart valve malfunction
- Clouded corneas
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 I-Cell Disease
I-cell disease automatically qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with I-cell disease, 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 I-cell disease, 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.