Myoclonic Epilepsy with Ragged Red Fibers (MERRF) Syndrome 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? Myoclonic epilepsy with ragged red fibers (MERRF) syndrome is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is MERRF Syndrome?
MERRF syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the nervous system, skeletal muscles, and various other body systems. It is a mitochondrial disease (mitochondria are cellular structures that produce energy for the cells) that causes an individual’s muscle cells to appear as ragged red fibers when viewed under a microscope; these ragged red fibers are actually clumps of diseased mitochondria in the muscle fibers. MERRF syndrome usually presents in childhood or adolescence, and rarely after age 20. The course of the disease varies; symptoms may progress slowly or very rapidly. There is no cure for MERRF syndrome. Treatment is symptomatic and supportive.
Some of the symptoms of MERRF syndrome include:
- Muscle twitches
- Poor motor coordination
- Hearing problems
- Vision problems
- Short stature
- Heart abnormalities
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 MERRF Syndrome
MERRF syndrome 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 MERRF syndrome, 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 MERRF syndrome, 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.