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ESA Tribunal Success 3 years 3 months ago #192714

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to let you know that I had my tribunal last week and I won!
I have agoraphobia, anxiety and OCD. My panic attacks and anxiety prevented me from attending a tribunal in person at the court - However, I requested that I could have a phone tribunal, and it was allowed. I spoke to the judge and doctor over the phone and I could answer questions and put across some points in person.

I was in a situation, like many, where I could not get representation as I was not considered a 'vulnerable' enough person by CAB. They helped me, but could not provide a rep as they have very limited funding. I knew that paper appeals have a lower success rate and was very concerned because I simply would not have been able to get to the court -
But allowing me to talk over the phone was the best thing for me and my case. The judge even wrote that my evidence was important to winning the appeal. I went from 6 points to 18 points and from the WRAG to the support group with recommendation I am not medically assessed for 24 months.

Anyone who is prevented from attending due to their illness and specifically anxiety - Please don't lose hope of having your say - ask if you can do it via the telephone. Prepare a good case on paper to back it up, but do ask!

Thank you Benefits and Work - this Website is so valuable, and please don't give up- keep fighting for the support you deserve.

Karen

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ESA Tribunal Success 3 years 3 months ago #192746

Ren

Well done and congratulations.

Gordon

tags: @RESULT @ESA @APPEAL

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