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Should I claim for PIP?

yogi Member Posts: 1 Listener
I am now 50 and have had epilepsy since the age of 14 . I do hold down a job but have had to reassess my role in last three years due to losing my driving licence following fits . 

I have have grand male seizures with no warning . I obviously loose consciousness , fall wherever I am , convulse , bite my tongue and suffer urinary incontinence . 

I have have never considered PIP but feel I should perhaps. 

Fotunately my my epilepsy is very well controlled but that is not to say I do not mitigate risks by the following actions due to the unexpected nature of the fits and I have to be aware that they can happen at any point with no warning . 
I travel to work accompanied and all my colleagues are informed of my condition. 
Cook and prepare food under supervision . 
Obviously have a bath with the door open and only when someone is in the house . 
Require help following a fit as require changing and not really functioning mentally until after a very long sleep . 
Had memory issues following last fit . 
Uusually go out supervised if possible . 
Always travel with friends /  companions . 

It is only because I am so used to living having to risk assess every area of my life that I think nothing of it . I have had a quick look at the Internet and it appears PIP is difficult to get for epileptic conditions . I am very very aware that my predominant triggers are stress and reduced sleep . I do not want to make myself more susceptible to a fit due to stress of fighting a hopeless battle so I was seeking advice from others. 


  • Government_needs_reform
    Government_needs_reform Member Posts: 859 Pioneering
    @yogi welcome, sorry to hear your suffering like many of us. But if I was you I would say you should be entitled to PIP as you can claim it and be in work which you are, I understand regarding the stress of applying. It's hard but don't let that put you off, easy to say I know.

    I would start an application and see where it goes from there, but explain in full detail all the areas you need help, also add update evidence ie diagnosis and the functional problems you suffer.

    If you feel you can handle a FTF as most likely you would have one, not saying you will, also add any other restrictions you may also face.

    This is defo worth a look to see where you think you may score points "Personal independence payment (PIP) points scores" I wish you well.

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  • wilko
    wilko Member Posts: 2,457 Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome yogi, yes do a self test be honest with your self as if you go forward with a claim for PIP the answers you give in your applecation form will have to be justified at your acessment, good luck and keep viewing and posting.


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