Down Syndrome

Down syndrome is a genetic condition where the individual has an extra copy of the 21st chromosome. This abundance of genetic material results in growth and development problems that can seriously affect the person’s appearance, movement, senses, gait, and other aspects of the body.

Down syndrome patients are also prone to several other diseases and conditions that can limit their abilities even further. If someone in your family has Down syndrome, you may qualify to receive disability benefit checks from the federal government’s Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD) program or Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) program.

Disabling Effects of Down syndrome

The Down syndrome spectrum of disability can range from mild to severe, depending on the individual and the treatments they receive. Patients with severe cognitive effects may not be able to work or even care for themselves.

Severe effects of Down syndrome include:

  • Vision problems
  • Hearing problems
  • Weakened immune system
  • Stunted growth
  • Flat facial profile
  • Joint looseness
  • Hypotonia (poor muscle tone)
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Seizure disorder
  • Bone, nerve, or joint problems
  • Increased risk of some cancers
  • Increased risk of congenital heart disease
  • Developmental delay
  • Learning disabilities
  • Increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Physical malformations
  • Mental retardation

Hiring an Attorney to Prove Down syndrome Disability

The Social Security Administration needs to see hard proof that Down syndrome not only is present in the applicant, but also that the health issues caused by the disease are severe and irreversible. Many patients struggle during the SSD application process because they’re not quite sure how the Administration evaluates each submission.

If you decide to apply for benefits, let a skilled SSD lawyer help you prepare your application and gather the important medical paperwork. If you’ve already applied and been denied, an attorney can help you try again by filing an SSD appeal on your behalf. With personalized guidance, you can build a better case and increase your chances of getting approved for benefits.

If you’d like to speak with a legal professional about filing a disability claim for your loved one, please use our online SSD lawyer directory.