Remaining politically neutral during General Election 2024


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How do I prove my quality of life?

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Phil22
Phil22 Community member Posts: 4 Listener
Hi Pip appeal in a couple of days. How did anyone 'prove' how their disability effects them.  My GP said they are not qualified in occupational health.  Rang Occupational Health and on a waiting list which might take 13-14 weeks.  Went to a Physiotherapist but they backed tracked and now want a solicitors letter before they write up any notes.  Thanks

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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi and welcome to the community 

    You don't have to prove anything the tribunal will listen to your responses just make sure you prepare giving real examples of what happens when you attempt to do the tasks and if you can't do them why not what are consequences of trying or doing the tasks 
  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,912 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hello @Phil22

    Welcome to the community! :) 

    Like Janer said, it's not for you to prove. Those with disabilities often meet so many barriers and you'll get them across when speaking to them. For example, I was on Limited Capability To Work, because I had stoma surgery. I was still healing and I couldn't apply for every job available because I can't lift heavy items, pull pallets in, drive long distances...etc. I explained that and was successful in my award.  
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  • Phil22
    Phil22 Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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    Thank you both for the reassurance.  However although it lists that i say i have problems, it also states that they believe this to be untrue. As an example I have told them I have trouble getting food out of the oven safely and use a stool.  They have stated they they believe this to be untrue.
  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,912 Disability Gamechanger
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    They are different people at tribunal, explain it to them like Janer said, explain the consequences of that.
    You said you have trouble getting food out the oven safely, does that then limited what you can eat? limit what you can cook? would you then rely on convenience foods? are you then getting the nutrients you need?...etc.
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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,951 Disability Gamechanger
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    Using an oven isn’t considered in the preparing food activity. Using a stool is considered and would be classed as an aid. 
    You need to forget about what it said in the decision letter and in the assessment report. Concentrate on where and why you think you should have scored those points.
    Medical evidence isn't needed for a successful PIP claim.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
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