Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I (MPS I) 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? Mucopolysaccharidosis type I (MPS I) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is MPS I?
MPS I, also known as Hurler syndrome, is a genetic disorder. It is a lysosomal storage disease wherein an enzyme deficiency in the lysosomes (cellular structures that metabolize unwanted materials into substances useful to the cells) leads to an accumulation of fats, proteins, and sugars in the body’s cells. In MPS I, the body lacks sufficient levels of alpha-L iduronidase, an enzyme responsible for breaking down long chains of sugars. The abnormal accumulation of these sugars in the body has devastating effects on an individual’s physical and cognitive capacities, as children with this disease usually stop developing between the ages of 2 and 4. There is no cure for MPS I; affected individuals often die from respiratory and cardiac complications by the age of 10.
MPS I Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of MPS I include:
- Unusual facial features (flat face, depressed nasal bridge, bulging forehead)
- Enlarged liver and spleen
- Enlarged tongue
- Mental retardation
- Developmental delays
- Deformed bones and stiff joints
- Hearing loss
- Heart disease
- Respiratory difficulties
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 MPS I
MPS I 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 MPS I, 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 MPS I, 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.