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CFS/ME ESA Tribunal Appeal - 0 to 15 points 9 years 10 months ago #83874

  • Marc
Just wanted to thank the people who responded to my previous questions. Had my ESA appeal on Friday & was awarded 15 points (ATOS/DWP had awarded me 0!!) with the work related activity component (not ideal, but a step in the right direction).

I suffer from CFS, insomnia & depression and was awarded:

1(c) Mobilising - 9 points
13(c) Personal Action - 6 points

I had truly lost faith in the system & had convinced myself this would just be another waste of time, but both judge & doctor on the panel were empathetic & thorough. They took into account the evidence/supporting letters provided & also allowed my friend to help answer a few questions when needed (damn my brain fog!).

Anyone who is worried about an upcoming appeal, try not to fret too much (as I did) & just be honest on the day & try to concentrate on just the descriptors that are most relevant to you.

I'm happy to answer any questions about the experience if anyone needs more info.

Thanks to this site & it's members. Both have been very helpful.

Marc :)
Last edit: by Gordon.

Re:CFS/ME ESA Tribunal Appeal - 0 to 15 points 9 years 10 months ago #83886

Marc

Well done, I know how difficult it can be to convince people you are even ill with ME/CFS.

Gordon
Nothing on this board constitutes legal advice - always consult a professional about specific problems

Re:CFS/ME ESA Tribunal Appeal - 0 to 15 points 9 years 10 months ago #83888

That is good news, thank you for letting us know.
Nothing on this board constitutes legal advice - always consult a professional about specific problems

Re:CFS/ME ESA Tribunal Appeal - 0 to 15 points 9 years 10 months ago #83890

Well done Marc.

Re:CFS/ME ESA Tribunal Appeal - 0 to 15 points 9 years 10 months ago #83894

  • Marc
Unfortunately, constant undermining & rejection from ATOS/DWP ended up making me doubt myself. On top of that, the illness makes it difficult to convey arguments succinctly. I walked into the courts feeling like I was lying/being deceptive due to all the crap the FLAWED system threw at me leading up to that point.

They should be ashamed of themselves for making people feel that way, when they have a legitimate illness & claim for benefits.

If GP's are trusted with our health, why can't they be trusted with their diagnosis?
Last edit: by slugsta.

Re:CFS/ME ESA Tribunal Appeal - 0 to 15 points 9 years 10 months ago #83925

  • Flower
So happy for you Marc. Have been wondering how you got on. I know just how you feel, and have been made to feel my this miserable system. I found the Tribunal restored my confidence too in that they were kind and fair, and that made it all a lot more bearable.
Well done for seeing it through.
Last edit: by Gordon.
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