Man with epilepsy who couldn’t cook for himself, wash or travel alone denied disability benefits after appearing ‘well dressed’
Murray couldn’t even travel to and from work or cook a meal for himself because it was too dangerous. Plus, the 38-year-old from West Sussex was already on Disability Living Allowance (DLA), so he assumed transferring over to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) wouldn’t be an issue. He was wrong.
“I was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 16,” he explained. “I was having a driving lesson when, all of a sudden, I woke up about a mile away from where I’d started with no recollection of how I’d got there. I’d had some sort of black out so my instructor told me to go and see my doctor.”
Tests revealed Murray had a form of epilepsy which gave him petit mal seizures – where the person becomes unconscious for a short time and is unaware of what is happening around them. It meant he would never be able to drive and would need to be on medication for the rest of his life.