Niemann-Pick Disease (NPD) Type C 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? Niemann-Pick disease (NPD) Type C is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is NPD Type C?
NPD refers to a group of inherited metabolic disorders characterized by an accumulation of fatty acids in the body’s cells. There are four types of NPD: A, B, C, and D. Each type involves different organs and produces different symptoms. Types A and B result from an enzyme deficiency; in NPD Types A and B, the body lacks acid sphingomyelinase (ASM), an enzyme that breaks down a substance called sphingomyelin, which exists in every cell in the body. Excess sphingomyelin destroys cells and impedes organ function. NPD Type C occurs when the body cannot break down cholesterols and other fats, which then build up in the liver, spleen, and brain. Type D is a variant of Type C. NPD Type C usually presents in school-aged children but can occur anytime between infancy and adulthood. The lifespan of those diagnosed with NPD Type C varies depending on the age of onset and severity of symptoms. There is no cure.
NPD Type C Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of NPD Type C include:
- Poor muscle tone
- Enlarged liver and spleen
- Speech difficulties
- Inability to move eyes vertically
- Movement and balance 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 NPD Type C
NPD Type C 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 NPD Type C, 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 NPD Type C, 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.