Most people are familiar with the fact that you can collect Social Security Disability benefits if you are completely disabled as a result of an injury or illness that prohibits you from continuing to work. What many may not know is that your child may qualify for some Social Security Disability benefits if they have certain qualifying disabilities and if the household income falls within the accepted parameters.
Children may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits if they have a disability that severely limits normal functioning for a child of their age. Children who qualify for Social Security Disability benefits may qualify for Supplemntal Security Income, Medicaid and (in some cases) Medicare. In most cases, however, establishing a disability claim for your child takes several months, and often includes a lengthy appeals process. Occasionally, disability cases have taken several years before Social Security Disability benefits are approved.
If your child has a serious disability, the last thing you can afford is a long claims and appeals process, especially if it is life threatening. If you’re in need of the benefits, you need them while they can still potentially help your child.
It’s because of situations like these that the Social Security Administration began the Compassionate Allowances program in 2008. Compassionate Allowance listings allow people with certain conditions to qualify as disabled according to SSA standards immediately, so that they start receiving Social Security Disability benefits much sooner than those who must use the traditional system of claims and appeals.
In all, there are 88 listings that qualify for a Compassionate Allowance. Of these, several apply primarily to infants and children. These include a number of progressive neurological diseases, rare terminal cancers, and other clearly disabling conditions. One of the conditions that qualifies children for a Compassionate Allowance is Glutaric Acidemia Type II (Neonatal).
Glutaric Acidemia Type II (Neonatal) – Condition and Symptoms
Glutaric Acidemia Type II is a metabolic disorder that typically presents in infancy. It is often discovered because a baby frequently vomits, becomes weak or shows behavioral changes.
The condition causes an infant’s body to have difficulty using proteins and fats for energy. When the baby’s metabolism is not able to process these substances, they build up within the body and cause an internal chemical imbalance known as acidosis. In turn, Acidosis causes a number of problems, ranging from sweaty feet, odorous liver or heart failure. In some cases, infants with Glutaric acidemia type II also have birth defects.
Filing for Social Security Disability with Glutaric Acidemia Type II (Neonatal)
When you file for Social Security Disability benefits for your child with Glutaric Acidemia Type II, it’s important to make sure that you have complete medical documentation showing all of the factors which led to your doctor’s diagnosis. This should include any genetic testing that was conducted as well as any family history that has shown relatives who carry the genetic code for Glutaric Acidemia.
A diagnosis of Glutaric Acidemia Type II automatically qualifies your son or daughter as disabled according to Social Security Administration standards. Furthermore, it qualifies for a Compassionate Allowance. Because of this, your application will be approved in about a month if everything is in order with your claim.
Many people find the best way to ensure that their Social Security Disability claim includes everything needed to qualify for a Compassionate Allowance is to have a Social Security Disability attorney review their claim. In addition to being very familiar with the SSA’s requirements for Compassionate Allowances and disability claims in general, your Social Security Disability lawyer will have a good idea of exactly that disability programs you may qualify for as a result of your child’s Glutaric Acidemia Type II.
Your Glutaric Acidemia Type II Social Security Disability Case
If you’re like most people who have a child with a serious disability, you don’t have much time to wait for a disability claim to work its way through the system. Your child needs the medical benefits now, and you need the financial benefits that will help you to provide financially for your child’s needs (often while not being able to continue working full time).
While there is little doubt that your claim will be accepted (after all, you qualify for a Compassionate Allowance), having a Social Security Disability lawyer help you with your claim can make the entire process smoother. Additionally, in the unlikely event that your claim denied, you will want the best Social Security Disability lawyer you can find, and it’ll be all the better if they are familiar with the details of your case.
To have your claim reviewed by a seasoned Social Security Disability lawyer, simply complete the request for a free evaluation of your disability claim.