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Judge Apologises at PIP Appeal 3 years 8 months ago #207730

I attended my PIP Appeal hearing last week to challenge the HP for disregarding my anxiety and depression, also for the abundance of inaccurate statements (20) in their paperwork. My HP assessment was in December 2016. I was fortunate that the Tribunal panel had made a decision on all the evidence that I submitted. The Judge was outraged and apologised that my case had gone this far, he said the medical evidence I provided originally should have been acknowledged. He apologised for the distress and upset that this ordeal had caused. He went on to praise the Doctor's report as being 'outstanding' and 'concise'. I left within 2 minutes of entering the room with a judgement of Enhanced for both Daily Living and Mobility (previously standard for both). The additional points were awarded for going out and mixing with people. My advice to others is this; I prepared rigorously with the help of my family and the excellent Benefit & Work Guides; I gathered all medical evidence to the time I became ill and my Doctor provided a comprehensive report stating clearly each condition, then my symptoms and finally how they affected my daily life. I ensured the documents were sent to the Court in readiness for the Appeal date; I also appointed a solicitor as finding a welfare representative is impossible. She prepared a statement for the Tribunal. I made this ordeal my mission and I urge others not to give up, I worked slowly and a bit at a time. Be prepared and remember every piece of medical evidence. Please get legal assistance in preparing your statement to the Tribunal (even if they don't go in with you) as this and the Doctor's report means they shouldn't have to ask you for further information at the Hearing. I hope this helps GOOD LUCK! :)
The following user(s) said Thank You: ivyfox, KathyS, Waylay

Judge Apologises at PIP Appeal 3 years 8 months ago #207750


Congratulations on the Tribunal win.

It usually takes the DWP 5-8 weeks to process a Tribunal award, I would give them a call next week to make sure that they have received the Decision Notice.


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