Perry syndrome is a progressive brain disease which manifests with slow movements (bradykinesia), stiffness, and tremors. Other features which characterize this rare disorder include psychiatric changes, slow breathing and severe weight loss. Claimants most frequently experience these conditions in their early forties or fifties.
It is not unusual for the earliest signs to mimic those of severe depression including apathy, depression, loss of interest in normal activities, suicidal tendencies and discontent and exclusion with family members and friends.
Another later condition is slow breathing, which generally exhibits while the claimant sleeps, potentially causing severe respiratory failure. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for this condition, and claimants generally have a five year life expectancy after diagnosis.
Winning Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for Perry Syndrome
The first consideration for winning SSDI or SSI benefits is whether the claimant meets the nonmedical requirements for the SSDI or the SSI program. Claimants who do not meet the nonmedical conditions will not be approved for benefits even if their condition is severe and debilitating.
SSI applicants will have to prove their condition is severe, will last for 12 continuous months and does not allow them to work. They also must have VERY limited income and resources.
SSDI applicants will also have to prove their condition is severe, will last for 12 continuous months and does not allow them to work. Additionally, they will have to prove that they have worked and earned sufficient work credits to be considered "insured" by the SSA. Unlike SSI, they will not have to have limited resources, and their spouse's salary will have no impact on their disability application.
Winning SSDI or SSI benefits through a Compassionate Allowance for Perry Syndrome
Fortunately, due to the severity of Perry Syndrome the SSA recognizes that applicants with this condition will not be able to perform substantial work and have listed this condition on the SSA Compassionate Allowance List.
What is the Compassionate Allowance List? It is a list of 165 conditions that the SSA agrees are disabling. If you have a condition on this list, assuming you meet the nonmedical requirements outlined above, your application for SSI or SSDI will beexpedited. This means that you may be able to receive SSDI or SSI within a number of days, rather than years.
Hiring a Disability Lawyer if you have Perry Syndrome
Many SSDI applicants wonder why they have to hire a disability lawyer to get the benefits for which they consider themselves "entitled." Although you are not really entitled to the benefits, whether or not you will need a disability lawyer is a good question.
The good news for applicants with a condition on the Compassionate Allowance list is that you should be approved immediately without legal assistance.
What will you need to be approved? You will need a diagnosis and good medical evidence that you have the condition. It is important that you get good medical care from a professional medical doctor.
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