Turner syndrome, which is caused by a missing or incomplete X chromosome, develops when a pair of sex chromosomes does not separate during formation, also called nondisjunction. As the embryo develops in utero it will generally be missing one of the sex chromosomes (X rather than XX). The result is a female child who exhibits abnormal sexual characteristics and a short stature. The disorder is not inherited and will result in sterility of the woman.
What are the symptoms of Turner Syndrome?
The most common symptoms of Turners Syndrome are low set ears, drooping eyelids, short fingers and toes, delayed growth, sensitivity to noise, short stature, wide or web-like neck and receding or small lower jaw. Most of the signs and symptoms are apparent at birth.
Women with this syndrome also may experience learning disabilities, although their intelligence may be normal. Typically mathematical and spatial concepts may be difficult to learn.
Turner Syndrome is generally diagnosed within the first few months of life or can be detected through a blood sample. The condition can also be diagnosed during pregnancy through a chorionic villus sampling (CVS), an amniocentesis or through an ultrasound, which can identify the disorder by its physical symptoms.
Can my child get SSI for Turner Syndrome?
If your child has Turner Syndrome and their symptoms are so severe that they are considered disabled by the Social Security Administration they may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). To qualify they must be under the age of 18 years old, they cannot be performing substantial gainful activity, their condition must be “marked and severe,” and your family must have very limited income and resources.
To make a disability determination your child’s condition must either be listed in the Social Security Administration’s Listing of Impairments, which is basically a guide that outlines the conditions and symptoms the SSA considers automatically disabling, or they must prove their condition is as severe as a condition listed.
Turner Syndrome is not specifically listed, but if your child has a severe, growth impairment their condition could be evaluated under 100.00 Growth Impairment, or if they had a severe mental disability their condition could be evaluated under 112.00 Mental Disorders.
Keep in mind, having a diagnosis of Turner Syndrome will not necessarily be enough to prove that your child is disabled.
What if you are an adult with this condition?
Instead of proving that your condition is marked and severe you will have to prove that you do not have the ability to perform any type of work. Claimants (over 18 years of age) who have the physical ability to work will be denied SSI benefits.
Hire a Disability Lawyer to appeal your denied benefits for Turner Syndrome
If you have questions about Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or you have Turner Syndrome and do not have the ability to work, contact a disability lawyer for more information. Keep in mind, if your family’s income and resources are too high your child will be denied SSI benefits regardless of the severity of their condition. Not all applicants will qualify for SSI benefits.
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