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TOPIC: DLA and ME

Re:DLA and ME 8 years 9 months ago #38552

Petunia

Let me say up front I am not an expert as I am still awaiting my own tribunal so I am happy to defer to others who have gone throught the process.

To my mind the danger of describing what you can do when you are at your worst, is if you get asked how often that is, and you say, once a week you have completely undermined your case.

You should be describing what you are capable of doing, the majority of the time and if there are days that you are worse then add this in as well. So an example might be, four days a week I cannot walk more than 100 metres, on at least two of the remaining days I cannot walk more than 50 metres.

Hope this Helps

Gordon

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Re:DLA and ME 8 years 9 months ago #38618

  • pata1
Hi All,

You may like to have a look at the sources of evidence that DWP Decision Makers use as a guide in helping them reach decisions on ME and most other illnesses/disability.

A - Z of Medical Conditions

The specific section is here What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)?

Hope this helps.

Pat :kiss:

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Re:DLA and ME 8 years 9 months ago #38671

  • jeff247
Hi Petunia i suffer from a brain and neurological condition called ramsay hunts syndrome, i suffer terrible anxiety and depression i too was turned down for dla.I wrote a strong letter to my mp who in turn wrote on my behalf to Junior Johnson head of job centre plus in the south.Appealed against the dla decision and received a tribunal date whithin 6 or 7 weeks.Prepared my own case with help from this site.Had the tribunal last friday and was pleasently surprised.Ihad scored a big fat zero at my atos medical.The tribunal panel were very understanding and helpful.They asked me about my day to day life and the problems i had, i explained them to them as fully as i could and always used my worse day as an example.Myself and my wife were asked to wait outside while they considered there decision.Called back in after about 15 minutes and told i had won my appeal with a unanimous decision and awarded lower rate mobility and care back dated from february this year when i had to stop work.till feb 2012.So please dont be to scared or intimadated by the thought of the tribunal fight your corner and your right to the benefits you are entitled to.GOOD LUCK TO YOU hope this has helped JEFF 247

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Re:DLA and ME 8 years 9 months ago #38808

  • Petunia
Thank you Pat and everyone :-)

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Re:DLA and ME 8 years 9 months ago #40076

  • adam-ant
Petunia, if you are still interested ...the Atos Medical Services Module ….
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome /Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Version 1 Final can be found on
www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/foi_guida...ment#incoming-123990

Click on the last 4 of the 5 downloads available. It will give you an idea of what they are trained ! ! to look for. Good luck

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