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Old 10-23-2012, 10:06 PM
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Hello everyone, this is my first post. From reading the posts, it seems like there are some pretty helpful and knowledgeable people here, so I thought I'd post my situation and see what people here think I should do. Sorry if this is long.

Okay, first thing I want to say is that I have epilepsy, and a rare form of it at that, but I am able to work and have no doctor's restrictions. So onto my dilemma. Currently I am employed, as I just started a new part-time job yesterday (Monday) working 30 hours a week. Prior to getting this job, I worked a seasonal retail position which I could not extend, so they let me go, and I decided to file for unemployment benefits in mid-September, which were approved for one year, until September 2013.

So after being on unemployment for a couple weeks, I applied for a few retail jobs and got hired at one. Now, I weigh 145 and this new job has turned out to be 100% intense warehouse work (so far, with no signs of changing), which I honestly did not expect since all my previous jobs have been in normal retail; and that's all the job is, a retail warehouse (customers come and pick up big orders), so it's not as though I can ask to be transferred to another area to do less intensive work.

Now with epilepsy, certain things can trigger seizures, especially when they are done in excess; such as non-stop heavy lifting, and tasks that make me dizzy and light-headed, such as wrapping pallets with shrink-wrap by going in circles like 20 times (literally 20). I could go on, but let's just say that when I got home from work today I had a migraine and felt like I was going to have a seizure, but I didn't.

I mean, to sum everything up, this new job I have been at for two days has turned out to be 10x more physically intense than I thought it was going to be. My light weight combined with constant dizziness is making this job impossible, and I fear that I am going to trigger a seizure, which is something I would not wish on my worst enemy (seriously).

So my question is: If I quit this job, can I get back on my unemployment benefits since they were approved until September 2013? I just feel like I did something really stupid when I took this job since it doesn't at all suit my situation. Well, that's it I guess... Any feedback would be greatly appreciated on how I should proceed.

Last edited by glowcap; 10-23-2012 at 11:23 PM..
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:11 AM
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I dont understand how you think you would be approved for unemployment for quitting a job? You stated that your condition has no restrictions it sounds like you took a job expecting it to be a little easier than it actually is. If its a warehouse type job what did you expect? Id say you would have to get a doctor to sign off on the fact that you are medically incapable of performing the job. But then you will have a medical restriction.
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Old 10-24-2012, 05:22 PM
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your problem is you are saying you have no restrictions on your epilepsy but now you want the benefit of having epilepsy with restrictions. i am a betting man so i would say yes you could get unemployment again but it might take 6 months before you see the money. it will be back dated if you get it and you would need a doctors note at some point too. anytime you deal with unemployment it is possible for things to be dragged out. did you talk with your employer about this problem? next time don't take a job if you don't think you can do it if your on unemployment and be smart don't die at your job.
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:15 PM
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Thanks for the replies, guys. Using this thread now if anyone is interested.
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