Down Syndrome Diagnosis And Social Security Benefits
One in 800 babies born every year is diagnosed with Down syndrome. This a condition in which extra genetic material causes delays in the way a child develops, both mentally and physically. Individuals in South Florida are diagnosed with Down syndrome during pregnancy or shortly following childbirth.
Pregnancy Screening for Down Syndrome
Down syndrome may be diagnosed during pregnancy through various diagnostic tests including ultrasound, blood test, amniocentesis, cell sampling, and umbilical cord sampling.
Newborn Tests for Down Syndrome
After birth, Down syndrome is usually diagnosed because of the baby’s physical features. In this case, the doctor often recommends a chromosomal karyotype blood test, in order to determine if there is an extra chromosome 21 present in the result.
Down Syndrome Qualifies for Social Security Disability
Down syndrome is a genetic condition that often prevents individuals from being able to be employed and provide for themselves. The Social Security Administration gives disability benefits for those that qualify with Down syndrome.
- Non-Mosaic Down Syndrome/Trisomy 21: Automatic disability benefits begin at birth. Individuals must show proof of a laboratory report. If the laboratory report is not available, SSDI requires a doctor report that identifies physical and behavioral limitations.
- Mosaic Down Syndrome: An individual may show proof of complications associated with this condition that are disabling such as congenital heart disease, apnea, hearing loss, mental retardation, or thyroid disorders.
Contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld to speak with a South Florida Social Security disability attorney for a free legal consultation to determine if you have a case. Call 954-807-1334.