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Bad experience at tribunal - Im desperate for help
This is my first time on here and am desperate for help. I had my PIP tribunal last week and had a representative with me. When I first went in the committee said they had some concerns regarding one of my appeals but didn’t say which one, they just stated clauses and numbers from their papers.
My representative didn’t have a clue what she was talking about and seemed to be extremely anxious of what to say or do next. It got to the stage where the judge asked if he had anyone in his office he could talk to for advice. We had to leave the room so my representative could phone his office. I told him right from the start I didn’t want to appeal my care component and only wanted to appeal my mobility.
The clerk came through to see if we were ready to go back in and my representative said yes, without discussing the conversation he just had with his office to me. When I went back in, the committee asked me so many questions re my care and mobility which I answered but I felt they kept pushing me for a different answer.
For instance, I told them that I have some form of eating disorder as food is not an issue to me and I would only eat when prompted. They asked if I could boil and egg and I told them that I wouldn’t eat anything if my daughter, who is my carer, wasn’t there. They kept pushing me asking if I could do this task even thought I kept telling the. That my daughter and husband do the cooking.
By this time, I’ve been in the room for over an hour and in an immense amount of pain and just want to go home. My representative sat there and never opened his mouth in support throughout the whole process. I eventually said that I probably could boil and egg just to shut them up and stop asking about it.
I ended up coming out of the hearing worse off than I went in. I lost my care component so now my daughter has lost her care component and my mobility stayed at the standard rate. I’m in constant pain before I even put one foot in front of the other and told them that the distance I can walk is irrelevant as I’m in constant pain all the time.
I have degenerative disc disease in my back as well as arthritis. I also have arthritis in my fingers and wrists and have a knee condition also where my kneecap hasn’t grown over my knee properly. Is it possible to get another hearing on the basis that my representative was so inexperienced (he’s only attended 1 hearing before mine but told me he had done several).
The committee certainly noticed he was inexperienced so I feel they should have adjourned my case so I could get a representative who was experienced enough to help me through the hearing. If anyone can give me advice or help, I’d really appreciate it.
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