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PIP Assessment, good or bad?

RandomMishapsRandomMishaps Member Posts: 5 Connected
Hi, this is my first post on here so I would like to say hello. I've just had my PIP assessment and it went on for about an hour, the assessor was a nice guy and I told him that I cannot go anywhere without someone with me (I'm 25) and I also cannot cook for myself (as in I cannot use the oven/cooker or the microwave) I also gave him evidence, I gave him a recent hospital discharge letter (I had just been in hospital due to multiple seizures) and also a results letter from an EEG (stating that that there is a lot wrong with my brain). In your honest opinion, do you think that all of that will help me get PIP? As I've read some very horrible horror stories with the PIP assessment.

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  • atlas46atlas46 Member Posts: 827 Pioneering
    Hi

    A very warm welcome.

    Yes there are some horror stories, but thousands of assessment encounter no problems.

    Could I suggest you leave till late next week and then call PIP helpline for a copy of assessment report.

    You will be able to see what points you have been awarded by the assessor.

    Let us know if you need any further assistance.
  • RandomMishapsRandomMishaps Member Posts: 5 Connected
    atlas46 said:
    Hi

    A very warm welcome.

    Yes there are some horror stories, but thousands of assessment encounter no problems.

    Could I suggest you leave till late next week and then call PIP helpline for a copy of assessment report.

    You will be able to see what points you have been awarded by the assessor.

    Let us know if you need any further assistance.
    Hi, thank you for the response, I was just wondering if anyone here knows if evidence helps or if it doesn't make a difference?
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    HI,

    No one can tell you whether your claim will be successful or not, as no one knows how your conditions affect you. PIP is about how your conditions affect you and not a diagnosis.

    I agree about not reading too much of those horror stories, lots of people claim PIP successfully without any problems. Good luck.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • atlas46atlas46 Member Posts: 827 Pioneering
    Hi

    I would cite my own claim, I have a number of physical problems. I was able to provide considerable medical evidence, that my assessor stated in her assessment report.

    Again when you have the report, it well mention the evidence used.
  • wilkowilko Member Posts: 2,294 Disability Gamechanger
    Good luck and make sure you ring DWP and ask for a copy of your acessment report. Keep us updated and keep posting.
  • Gwendoline1Gwendoline1 Member Posts: 226 Pioneering
    Hi RandomMishaps, 
    I agree with what atlas46 as written, I too have a number of physical problems and I too submitted medical evidence which also showed (each one) on my report.
    I worried a great deal from the time I had my assessment till I was given the decision by the dwp. Looking back I wish I hadn’t but that’s easy to say now.
    Poppy 123456 is correct, no one can say whether you’ll be successful or not. I hope it all goes well for you and good luck.😀😀😀

  • patriciahendypatriciahendy Member Posts: 20 Courageous
    The horror stories are worrying for many. The booklet sent prior to 'assessment' states ,"We will treat you with compassion and respect" Sadly, this is not the case for many people. You cannot get your head around people losing benefits with ongoing conditions. This system is so cruel and evil. No wonder many doctors do not want to get involved in a flawed system, although we need them as opposed to unqualified personnel. What an utter insult to sit there and be judged by somebody pounding away over a keyboard! What is being done regarding the untruths being relayed back to the DWP? If you have toothache you do not visit the local car mechanic do you? If consultants and specialists were the assessors perhaps this awful mess would not be evident.
  • SociableSeanTBSociableSeanTB Member Posts: 12 Connected
    Whilst it's true that some people have no issues regarding PIP and other people go through huge issues with the appeals system, at this stage I would say well done for getting through the assessment! As for worrying about what will or won't be relaid in the report, I would echo what @atlas46 said and try not to over analyse something you don't have the answer to. If you can do something for you this weekend, maybe have a bit of 'me' time. 

    Once you have the outcome, if you need more advice there are some good links on here and on the main Scope website. I won't link them now as we don't know the outcome yet and it would be all to easy to spiral into more anxiety and worry.




  • fluffy84fluffy84 Member Posts: 18 Connected
    Hi,

    It's impossible to know what the result will be until you receive it in writing. I am thrilled to hear that some people have had a positive experience. I'm afraid that I have not and have recently taken my sister-in-laws case to a tribunal and won. 
    Our whole experience was horrendous. 
    I won't go in to details but when you receive your award, if you feel that it does not accurately reflect the help which you feel you need please do get in touch. 
    I would actively encourage you to appeal and take the case to tribunal if necessary.  
    I'm so glad that for some people the PIP assessment was a positive experience. Personally I am afraid that I have no faith in the system.

    Wishing you all the best and hoping for a positive outcome for you. 
  • YadnadYadnad Posts: 2,856 Member
    edited October 2018
    If consultants and specialists were the assessors perhaps this awful mess would not be evident.
    You would have to have an awful lot of consultants who individually would have to specialise in every known condition to be available for all claimants. It will never happen.

    Besides which they may know how to diagnose and treat a condition but would they have the expertise to assess what the impact would be on every different claimant?

    On the other hand if the assessors had to be Occupational Therapists...…..

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