Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) 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? Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is PSP?
PSP is a progressive, Parkinson’s-like movement disorder that results from damage to nerve cells in the brain. What causes the damage to brain cells is unknown, but many areas of the brain are affected, including the areas that control movement and balance, vision, and personality. Moreover, tissue atrophy in the brain and spinal cord is a common finding in PSP patients. While PSP itself is not life threatening, the complications it produces, such as pneumonia and trouble swallowing, can be. There is no cure for this condition; treatment is symptomatic and supportive. PSP is more common in men than in women and usually occurs in people over age 60.
Some of the symptoms of PSP include:
- Changes in facial expressions
- Lack of eye control and problems moving the eyes
- Problems swallowing
- Slowness of movement
- Spasms of the facial muscles
- Loss of coordination
- Loss of balance
- Personality changes
- Frequent falls
- Speech difficulties
- Muscle rigidity
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 PSP
PSP qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with PSP, 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 PSP, 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.