What is Gianotti-Crosti Syndrome?
Gianotti-Crosti Syndrome also called Acrodermatitis, Infantile Lichenoid or GCS is a rare skin condition which most often affects young children age nine months to nine years old. It has also been found in adults. If you child has this condition they may suffer from blisters on their buttocks, arms and legs.
The History of Gianotti-Crosti syndrome
Gianotti-Crosti syndrome (GCS) was first identified and described in 1955 by Gianotti. This condition was first associated with the hepatitis B virus, but other infectious conditions and immunizations caused other conditions that were so closely associated with Gianotti-Crosti Syndrome that all the conditions are now unified under the title GCS.
Winning Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for Gianotti-Crosti syndrome (GCS)
Supplemental Security Income or SSI is offered to children under the age of 18 who the Social Security Administration (SSA) considers blind or disabled. Disability benefits are offered to adults who are unable to work, but because children do not generally work, the SSA will determine whether their conditions are "marked and severe." This means the child's condition causes "marked limitations" in certain areas of functioning or "extreme limitations" in one area of functioning.
When you apply for SSI benefits for your child the SSA will first determine if your family meets the income and resource limitations of the SSI program. If your family has too many resources or your income level is too high the SSA will deny the SSI application, regardless of the severity of your child's health condition.
Assuming your income and resource level is low enough, the SSA will pull your child's medical records and review whether your child's skin condition is marked and severe. To make this determination they will evaluate if it is listed in the SSA Listing of Impairments, which is a list of symptoms and conditions the SSA considers automatically disabling.
If your child's condition is not listed in the SSA Listing of Impairments they will determine if the symptoms and conditions they are suffering from "equals" a listing, which means that the SSA considers it as severe as a condition which is listed. Proving a disability for Gianotti-Crosti syndrome (GCS)
What Information You Need to Prove Gianotti-Crosti syndrome?
Many claimants ask what types of information they need to prove their child's condition. For SSI it is imperative that you get medical evidence from a child's doctors. Medical evidence should document the severity, the type and frequency of outbreaks, the types of treatment options you have tried and what limitations your child has due to their condition.
Why was my child denied SSI for Gianotti-Crosti syndrome?
If your child was denied SSI it is for one of two reasons: your income and resource level is too high for your child to qualify for Supplemental Security Income or your child's condition was not considered severe enough to win SSI benefits.
If the SSA determined your child's condition is not severe enough or is not expected to last 12 continuous months but you disagree, you are able to appeal the SSI denial within 60 days from the date of the denial letter and have another disability examiner review your child's SSI case.
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