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Children born with genetic defects may be more prone to disability

Children who were born with a genetic defect may be at a heightened risk for developing a disability or deadly disease, according to a study published in PLOS ONE. A pregnant mother’s health during pregnancy is critical to keeping children away from developing heart defects, neural tube defects and blood disorders, such as sickle cell anemia. While Social Security Administration disability benefits could be gained for these children, a healthy life is always the preference. However, not all of the more than 7,000 genetic or partially genetic birth defects are avoidable.

“Birth defects are the leading cause of infant mortality in the United States,” the States Chronicle reported. “Every year, an estimated 7.9 million infants (6 percent of worldwide births) are born with serious birth defects. Although some congenital defects can be controlled and treated, an estimated 3.2 million of these children are disabled for life.”

Sickle Cell Information Center said disability qualifying conditions from defects such as sickle cell can be attained if there is physical or mental impairment that limits a lift activity such as hearing, speaking, walking, breathing or doing manual tasks. Unfortunately, many are affected with these ailments and may need monetary help of SSA disability benefits.

The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates have successfully represented numerous children before the SSA suffering from genetic defects and other health issues.