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Pip rejected

Dannyboy1929Dannyboy1929 Member Posts: 1 Listener
Hello I'm new to this' here goes anyways recently my partner went for a pip assessment'she's diabetic' epileptic 'had triple bypass surgery and as a blockage on her brain that's inoperable and will eventually lead to a massive stroke and she has T.I.A s (mini strokes) all the time'she cannot walk unaided and is ill every day' she got her pip decision a couple of weeks ago' she got 2 points   for care comment and nil for mobility'she was devastated'she was on high mobility and middle care'this is disgraceful' there is no way in this world she read any evidence provided off neurologist specialist and all other specialists' she' put in for a mandatory reconsiderattioan' but I thought people with medical knowledge would assess this' but no 'it's just another D.W.P worker with no medical knowledge whatsoever'so she is not hopeful of a decision being overturned at that stage and to wait for a tribunal appeal' which is going to take 12 months'so she going to be without all that money for that long


  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,653 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Dannyboy1929 and a very warm welcome to the community! I am really sorry to hear about your situation. The chances of winning an appeal are a lot higher then the MR. I wish you the very best of luck and please do keep us updated. There will be lots of people who have gone through the appeal process so please do let me know if there is anything else that we can do :)

  • zuchon1975zuchon1975 Member Posts: 13 Connected
    I’m very sorry to hear about your partners PIP experience, I’ve just been through the process and was successful (Thank goodness) but I have to say the Assessor wasn’t interested in Consultants, Doctors or Physio reports and actually said to be I don’t want to know about those I want to know what day to day to day life is like for you and how to you manage day to day activities that everybody has to do.
    Ive read a lot of posts about people’s experiences at assessment and how medical reports seem to be disregarded. The old DLA seemed to focus heavily on medical reports but PIP seems to rely on personal testimony, very bizarre and not very helpful if the person being assessed is anxious or can’t articulate how their condition effects them. I wish you every success with your MR and appeal. 
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,540 Disability Gamechanger
    DLA was actually intended to be self assessment but ended up being over medicalised because it was so poorly explained people assumed rhe thing that would win was medical evidence. Same with PIP. It’s as much about self assessment as you want it to be.

    To be clear though you are being assessed for functional loss and not to confirm your diagnosis. What you have wrong with you is not as relevant as the consequences, which are different for everyone even if they have the same conditions. That is why assessors are not medically qualified. 

    The assessor is not a DWP worker. They are working for a company whom DWP subcontract to. They may well have read your medical evidence but that will usually be directed to diagnosis, prognosis, symptoms and meds whereas what PIP want to know about is functional loss fir each of the activities listed in the regs. The best evidence for that is your anecdotal stories of what you can or cannot do; why and what happened last time you tried.
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