Merosin-Deficient Congenital Muscular Dystrophy (MDC1A) and Social Security Disability
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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? Merosin-deficient congenital muscular dystrophy (MDC1A) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is MDC1A?
MDC1A is a type of inherited muscular dystrophy caused by the deficiency of a protein called merosin. One of the building blocks of merosin is an extracellular protein called laminin, which facilitates the development of tissues during embryonic development. In MDC1A, a mutated gene causes issues with laminin production, resulting in a merosin deficiency. Children born with MDC1A begin showing signs of the disorder soon after birth, when they fail to reach basic motor skills milestones. The severity of the condition varies; children with a partial merosin deficiency may learn to stand walk unaided, but children with very low, or absent levels of merosin are rarely able to stand or walk without support. There is no cure for MDC1A, but many of its symptoms can be effectively treated with a combination of therapies. However, failure to thrive and serious respiratory complications can occur in affected individuals and require constant monitoring.
Some of the symptoms of MDC1A include:
- Reduced fetal movements in utero
- Poor muscle tone and full-body weakness
- Tightness of the hips, knees, wrists, ankles, and elbows
- Difficulty feeding
- Problems swallowing
- Failure to thrive
- Respiratory difficulties
- Delayed motor skills development
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 MDC1A
MDC1A automatically qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with MDC1A, 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 MDC1A, 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.