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Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and Getting Social Security Disability

Can my loved one get Social Security Disability for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease? You are probably asking this question because your loved one has this disease, and it is the reason why your loved one is disabled, unable to work and in need of financial assistance. disabled-cant-work Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rare, degenerative neurological disease. It is an incurable and invariably fatal brain disorder. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease can be mistaken for Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia in its initial stages. This is due to the fact that the initial signs and symptoms are similar to other forms of dementia, but Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease progresses at a much more rapid rate than Alzheimer’s or other kinds of dementia. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is divided into three main classifications. They are: Sporadic CJD - In this form, the person has no known risk factors for the disease. This form represents 85% or more of all the instances of the disease. Hereditary CJD - In this instance, the person has a family history of CJD or has a genetic defect that is associated with the disease. This represents around 5 to 10% of CJD cases. Acquired CJD - In this case, CJD is acquired through exposure of nervous system or brain tissue while certain medical procedures are being performed. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is one of the diseases that is referred to as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). This name comes from the spongy holes that form in affected brain tissue, which can be seen under a microscope. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and other TSEs appear to be caused by a defective kind of protein that is known as a prion. In normal circumstances, these proteins are not harmful. However, when they are defective, they become infectious and can hurt normal biological processes. There are many signs and symptoms that are caused by Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Some of these include: Rapid mental deterioration Insomnia Sudden, jerky movements Impairment of thinking, judgment and memory Blindness or blurred vision Depression Problems with swallowing Memory loss Changes in personality Anxiety Difficulty with speaking Difficulty with concentration Loss of interest in usual activities Social withdrawal. The mental signs and symptoms of CJD get worse as the disease progresses. Once again, your loved one may have Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The disease is the reason why your loved one is disabled, unable to work and in need of financial assistance. You may have applied for the financial assistance that your loved one needs by applying for Social Security Disability from the Social Security Administration on their behalf. Was your loved one denied? Important fact If this is the case, and you are planning on reapplying or appealing your loved one’s denial, keep this important fact in mind. People who are represented by a disability attorney like the one at, are approved more often than people who do not have a disability attorney standing with them. The best thing to do is to contact the disability attorney at, and have your loved one’s case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you. Please do not delay. It is far too important for your loved one. Article written by James Shugart Connect with James on Google+