While the start of December signaled the beginning of the holiday season for many people across the United States, it may have signaled something else for our readers: another addition to our rare conditions of Compassionate Allowances series.
This week we won't disappoint as we plan on looking into Hoyeraal-Hreidarsson syndrome in today's post, explaining not only what this rare condition is but why someone living with it may require Social Security disability benefits.
Unless you're a diagnostician or someone who works in the medical field, this may be the first time you've heard of Hoyeraal-Hreidarsson syndrome. Considered to be rare by Orphanet, Hoyeraal-Hreidarsson syndrome is characterized by a number of health issues including growth retardation, abnormal smallness of the head, underdevelopment of the cerebellum, aplastic anemia and an immune deficiency.
Although a diagnosis of Hoyeraal-Hreidarsson syndrome can be made early in life due to its early onset during childhood, there is currently no cure for this disorder, which also has a high mortality rate. In fact, progressive bone marrow failure, which occurs in more than 80 percent of cases, is considered the primary cause of early death for Hoyeraal-Hreidarsson patients.
Though this may be the case, there is some good news: this condition is listed as a Compassionate Allowance. This means, as many of our readers know, that an application listing this condition will be fast tracked and reviewed sooner. Applicants are also more likely to receive benefits as it does meet the Social Security Administration's definition of a disability.
Because of the numerous health conditions that accompany Hoyeraal-Hreidarsson syndrome, many of which can be severely disabling, SSDI may be necessary, especially when one considers the number of medical procedures and treatments a patient may need during the course of their life.
These costs can add up quickly as you know which can be difficult on a person's finances, especially if they are unable to work because of their condition. Receiving SSDI can help offset this financial burden, allowing the person to focus on living their life and not on their condition.