Xeroderma pigmentosum is a rare genetic disorder that limits the body’s ability to repair damage caused by ultraviolet light (sunlight). People who suffer from xeroderma pigmentosum are far more prone to developing skin cancer than people who do not have the condition, and in extreme cases must avoid any exposure to sunlight at all.
Due to the restrictions this condition can place on a sufferer’s day-to-day life, people who suffer from xeroderma pigmentosum may be eligible for Social Security benefits. If you have any questions about your or a loved one’s eligibility, call an Indianapolis disability attorney from the Hankey Law Office at 317-634-8565.
Living with Xeroderma Pigmentosum
Ordinarily, the bodies of people who do not suffer from xeroderma pigmentosum are able to eliminate cells that are damaged by ultraviolet radiation. Although excessive exposure to sunlight can greatly increase the risk of skin cancer for anyone, the bodies of unaffected people are able to detect genetically-mutated cells and destroy them before they are able to spread. This defense mechanism protects unaffected people from the damaging effects of sunlight.
As a genetic disorder, xeroderma pigmentosum permanently reduces a sufferer’s bodily defenses against cancerous mutated cells and cannot be reversed. Fewer than 40% of people with xeroderma pigmentosum live beyond age 20. The effects of this disease are so severe that anyone who can prove they have the condition automatically qualifies for Social Security benefits.
If you suffer from xeroderma pigmentosum, you are entitled to seek benefits from Social Security to ease the day-to-day difficulties of living with your condition. Unfortunately, establishing your eligibility and receiving compensation can be difficult. You may need legal assistance to begin receiving the benefits you need.
To discuss your case with the experienced Indianapolis Social Security lawyers, contact the Hankey Law Office by calling 317-634-8565 today.