Last reply 1 month ago
PIP

So I really need some advice. As well as suffering from MS I also have endometriosis and have suffered two seizures in the last few years.
I put in my claim for PIP was back in April, I was truthful on my form and then came the assessment. The woman seemed perfectly nice and I answered her questions. As with the form I said exactly what was going on and how with my type of MS I can have good days and bad. A few weeks later I received my letter of rejection, based on my form and assessment and after talking to the specialists I’d put down they had decided I didn’t need any help.
I appealed the decision and sent with it a letter from my MS nurse who was very blunt and to the point about my needs. I had a phone call the next day to re-confirm details I had told them then 4 days later another letter again declining my application.
I’m so angry, some of the things they’ve put down are completely false and they’ve me feel like a liar. I also found out today that they had not contacted anyone I had put down to be used as evidence.
My next step is the court tribunal and I was wondering if anyone had and advice or information on the way this process now works.
Thanks in advance
Gemma x

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peterfrancis
1 month ago

@gemstemple

Hi Gemma, so sorry to read about your PIP claim being declined, not once but twice.
You must be at your wits end, wish I could provide some useful advice but unfortunately I cant as I do not have the experience of being refused.

All I will say is make sure that your referees have everything covered regarding your symptoms.

It’s things like this that madden me, what do they want from us Blood?.

I wish you the best of luck.


guinness
1 month ago

@gemstemple Sweetheart the fight has only just begun. Stay strong and keep appealing get your paperwork in order and reports from your medical team and good luck xxx


edmontonalberta
1 month ago

@gemstemple

I have been more than a few disagreements with “specialists”; government & medical. I have won most of them; even when I lose – that department vanishes rather than meet me again… 😉

First things first – the other two posters are correct that you need to outline your case – with solid documentation. However, most people miss the 2nd part.

Since they refused you – they need a reason that is documented. They need their specialists / professionals to justify their decision. Request / demand they provide everything in writing. Only when you get that; are you able to mount a proper defense.

And remember, no matter how nice they appear to be – they are your enemy. They are taking money away from you. Don’t get me wrong – be polite & nice. But remember the end goal; you need to defeat them…


stumbler
1 month ago

@gemstemple , subscribe to the Benefits & Work website (https://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/) . They have detailed information about the Appeals process and how to manage it.


wendyhills
1 month ago

Last year exactly the same happened to me and I was so stressed as they contradicted everything I had said and did not contact any of my health professionals so I felt like you they were calling me a liar but due to stress I decided not to go to tribunal and get on without it. I’ve since deteriorated and had a diagnosis of MS so I asked them to look at my claim again they said I was out of time and had to start a new claim I hesitated as I knew the stress it would cause. But that’s what they are hoping you will stop and save them having to pay out the system is all wrong that we are made to feel this way when we are entitled to help. This time I’m going to see it through all he way to tribunal and I’m happy to see you are too I don’t have any advice for you than hang on see it out to the bitter end and good luck to you xx


gemstemple
1 month ago

Thank you for everyone’s advice and words.
Unfortunately PMS combined with MS and three kids they picked the wrong woman to mess with. This woman is mighty pissed off and ready for a fight! 👊🏻💪🏻
Will keep you updated xx


stumbler
1 month ago

@gemstemple , we have to show that level of resolve. But, make sure you manage the stress that this process will cause.

Good luck and take care.


gemstemple
1 month ago

Thank you @stumbler.
It just makes me so angry, after talking to other MS people I’ve found out that most people with MS will be declined twice and it comes across that they think ‘oh never mind she won’t have the energy to keep fighting. This system is so messed up, they based their decision on a 15 minute assessment with someone who wasn’t even a nurse!!


rotherhamdave
1 month ago

Hi @gemstemple

When I had my assessment I spoke as if I was having a bad day every day. I added a little too it because I knew that I would be in your predicament. Telling a white lie doesn’t hurt to get the needs you need. Assessors don’t realise how hard it is living with MS. As long as they get paid they’re not bothered.


peterfrancis
1 month ago

@gemstemple

Do you have an Occupational Therapist who you could contact and get support from?.

Apologies if you’d already mention an OT.


mmmmwa
1 month ago

http://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk – subscribe to that (Follow their instructions) and get as much proof – on paper – as possible… it’s all bureaucracy with DWP.

 

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