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TOPIC: PIP Medical report.

PIP Medical report. 10 months 1 week ago #205944

Hi, I have just joined. I had my assessment and was awarded Standard rate for daily living and 4 pts for mobility... therefore nothing. I suffer with Lupus, Spastic Paraparesis and chronic pain syndrome. The MP (a Nurse) stated that I walked 20 metres from the waiting room to her room unaided and yet, I was holding my husbands hand and had an electrical stimulator on my leg to prevent my foot from catching causing me to trip. I was not asked if this was painful or how I was feeling on this day. From this she concluded that I could walk up to 200 meres aided or unaided! When I was asked how far I could walk I said approx. 10 houses, I live in a terraced house and took this to mean that. I have since had the front of my hose measured and it is approx. 5 metres = 50 mtres. I stated this would be painful yet, there was no mention of this in the report. This is just one of several discrepancies in the report. I submitted a GP and a Consultant Neurologist letter of support but, the MP states this and the DWP decision states GP and Nurse Specialist letter (which does not exist) My apologies for the long post but, it is so frustrating as my main problem is my mobility. I made the mistake of driving to the appointment as otherwise it would have been two bus journeys.

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PIP Medical report. 10 months 1 week ago #205994

Berry

The first stage to challenging a Decision is for you to request a Mandatory Reconsideration, this needs to be done in writing to the DWP, within one month of the Decision, to the office that dealt with your claim, have a look at our PIP MR & Appeal guide for details of the process, the PIP area also has template letters that you can use to make the request with.

www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/help-for-claimants/pip

You should contact the DWP for a copy of the assessment report if you have not already done so, I would phone them but again follow up the request in writing. Once you have the assessment report you will have a better understanding of how the DWP Decision Maker has come to their conclusions and will then be able to argue against them.

Your primary task is to show that you meet the criteria, there are many reasons you may have failed, you need to address each of these but don't get bogged down in criticising the assessment report unless you can clearly show that it is incorrect, it is a lot easier to argue the facts of the situation;

"the assessor recorded that I walked 50m, I did but they have failed to document that I had to stop every 10m for a rest due to breathlessness"

than their opinions

"based on my observations of the claimant walking I believe that they can reliably walk more than 200m.

When you have a better idea of the issues with your claim, come back to the forum and we will do our best to help.

Gordon
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PIP Medical report. 10 months 1 week ago #206030

Thank you for your swift reply. I have the assessment report and it states "She reports that she is able to walk 20-50 metres. Functional history indicates she can walk the length of 10 houses. ( as I said I have measured my house and it is 5 metres.)She was observed to walk 20 metres from the assessment room to the waiting room at a slightly slow pace without the use of a walking aid" (This is not true as, indicated above I was using an electrical stimulator and holding my husbands hand.) The assessor also noted that I had reduced power and movement in my legs and am prescribed moderate doses of pain relief (yet the letter form my Neurologist states I take significant amounts)

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PIP Medical report. 10 months 1 week ago #206050

Berry

I think you need to consider breaking your arguments about the Mobility into two issues.

First the distance that she can walk, ultimately this is what the Moving Around activity is about and secondly the issue of aids although depending on the distance/points that you are aiming for this may not actually be an issue at all as all but one of the Descriptor take no account of whether an aid is being used or not.

Gordon
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