Triple X syndrome, or trisomy X, is a genetic disorder that occurs only in females. It happens in utero due to an abnormal division of the sperm or egg cell, resulting in three X chromosomes instead of two. For some sufferers, the condition causes no symptoms. In others, it can present a host of problems, including:
- Low muscle tone;
- Mental health and behavioral problems;
- Abnormally tall stature;
- Facial abnormalities;
- Small head circumference;
- Ovarian failure;
- Deformed fingers;
- Abdominal pain;
- Kidney problems; and
- Impaired social functioning.
If you suffer from triple X syndrome and you have trouble earning a living, you might be eligible for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). The disability attorneys at the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC, can help.
We will look at the details of your case to see if you may qualify. We will evaluate your condition, answer your questions, and advise whether you have a valid claim. If so, we can help you apply for benefits.
Our lawyers specialize in winning disability claims for our clients. We can use our knowledge and experience to get you disability for triple X syndrome. Call 866-628-8179 today to set up a free consultation.
How can I get disability benefits for triple X syndrome?
The SSA awards disability benefits to help people whose medical impairments prevent them from working. To speed up their evaluation process, the SSA maintains a list of the medical conditions it considers disabling. This list, known as the Blue Book, also includes specific medical criteria each applicant must meet to show the severity of their condition.
Triple X syndrome appears in the Blue Book as a qualifying congenital disorder affecting multiple body systems. Because the symptoms are so varied, the SSA will evaluate your application by examining the way triple X syndrome affects each of body systems.
They will compare the severity of each symptom against another listed condition that affects the same body system. If your condition causes mental health problems, for example, the SSA will compare your symptoms to those in the mental disorders section of the Blue Book.
We can help you understand these requirements. We will collect evidence from your doctors and other healthcare providers proving your symptoms are as serious and disabling as these other conditions.
If we cannot prove that your symptoms are equivalent to those of another condition, we will help you qualify for benefits based on a Medical-Vocational Allowance (MVA). The SSA grants these to people who demonstrate that their condition prevents them from working.
Part of winning disability benefits through an MVA involves completing a Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) analysis. An RFC measures your mental and physical capacities as they apply to the current job market. We will show that you have functional limitations in a variety of areas, including:
- Sitting, standing, walking, lifting, carrying, or pushing;
- Bending, stooping, squatting, or crawling;
- Reaching, handling, or fingering;
- Concentrating for extended periods, following instructions, or interacting with coworkers and customers;
- Showing up to work regularly and on time;
- Decision-making and stress tolerance; and
- Dealing with environmental hazards like dust or fumes.
Can I get disability for a child with triple X syndrome?
The SSA also considers childhood triple X syndrome a congenital disorder that impacts multiple body systems. It evaluates these claims in the same manner as above—by looking at the impact the disorder has on each body system.
We can show that your child’s symptoms from triple X syndrome are functionally equal the symptoms of another condition. This requires demonstrating an extreme limitation in one or a marked limitation in two of the following areas:
- Acquiring and using information;
- Attending and completing tasks;
- Interacting with and relating to others;
- Moving about and manipulating objects;
- Completing self-care activities like dressing, brushing teeth, and checking for cars before crossing the street; and
- Maintaining health and physical well-being.
Children with triple X syndrome might have limitations in areas like:
- Speech and language development;
- Fine motor skills;
- Cognitive development;
- Reading and language comprehension;
- Social skills development; and
The definitions of “marked” and “extreme” can be ambiguous. For a marked limitation, the SSA will look for a severe interference with your child’s ability to function. An extreme limitation means a very severe interference with your child’s ability to function.
We will collect medical evidence, as well as testimony from teachers and counselors, to show the limitations your child is facing. We can also provide standardized testing results to prove that triple X syndrome affects her ability to perform at school. We will make a compelling case for benefits for your child.
Are there any other requirements I must meet to receive benefits?
In addition to showing that you have a disabling medical condition, your income must fall below a certain level before you can qualify for disability benefits. These income levels change yearly and vary depending on the disability program.
If you are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), for example, you must earn below the 2017 limit of $1,170 per month to qualify. You must also have an adequate work history and have earned enough work credits to be able to draw benefits from the program. Our attorneys can help you understand if you qualify for SSDI.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) has stricter limits on income and personal assets than SSDI. This is because SSI benefits are only available to disabled people with a low income. For 2017, the income limit is $735 per month.
If you are applying for benefits on behalf of a child, you can only qualify for the SSI program. In these cases, the income limit will vary depending on the number of adults and children in your household. You may also exclude some of your income and deduct some of your household expenses.
The SSA’s income restrictions can be confusing, but our lawyers are familiar with these requirements. We can look at your income, help you take advantage of any deductions and exemptions, and advise you on whether you may qualify for benefits.
A Social Security Disability Lawyer Can Boost Your Chance of Approval
Social Security disability cases are notoriously challenging. The SSA has a reputation for being arbitrary in their decision-making process. Sometimes, applicants with legitimate claims receive a denial because of small technicalities on their applications.
At the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC, we work hard to give you the best chance of approval on the first try. We know how to present a case to the SSA and we can put our experience to work for you. If you already received a denial for your application, we can help you navigate the appeals process.
Schedule a free consultation today. You can sit down with an attorney, have your questions answered, and get straightforward advice on your claim. Call 866-628-8179 for help with your triple X syndrome claim.