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Benefits for children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy

One of the most devastating illnesses a young child can get is Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a form of muscular dystrophy that quickly gets worse. The U.S. National Library of Medicine said this is caused by a defective gene but often occurs without a known family history of the condition. Since those affected by this experience social security disability qualifying conditions, parents should look to file for benefits with the Social Security Administration to help cover medical bills and other costs.

“Because of the way the disease is inherited, boys are affected, not girls,” the website for the U.S. National Library of Medicine said. “The sons of females who are carriers of the disease (women with a defective gene but no symptoms themselves) each have a 50 percent chance of having the disease. The daughters each have a 50 percent chance of being carriers. Duchenne muscular dystrophy occurs in about 1 out of every 3,600 male infants.”

Symptoms of this disease, which make it very difficult to live with, can include fatigue, learning difficulty, muscle weakness, difficulty walking that progressively gets worse and intellectual disability.

Children affected by muscular dystrophy, especially Duchenne’s, are candidates for children’s Social Security benefits. It is critical that these children seek early treatment and obtain the best ongoing medical care possible. Federal Medicare benefits cover more medical treatment than most state Medicaid plans. However, such federal benefits are only available for children under certain exceptional circumstances.

The law offices of Harold W. Conick & Associates are experts in successfully representing children with serious medical conditions before the Social Security Administration .