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Finding out about PIP claim - should I call?

kojak7kojak7 Member Posts: 11 Connected
edited December 2018 in PIP, DLA and AA
Hi I’m wondering  if anyone can help me on this my brother has serious mental health issues 
he has psychosis depression borderline personality disorder to name a few 
he had been on DLA for 22 years since he was 16 but he got a form which I filled in for him telling him he was changing to PIP and had to reapply he went to a medical assessment on 20th of October 2018 and we are currently waiting on a decision 
his psychiatrist gave him supporting eveidence to saying in his opinion he was unstable and he was unfit to work on an official letter and gave him printed out leaflets of his medical condition 
but the lady never took the leaflets she just took the letter and said she will send it with the report 
I asked her if she was a metal health nurse and she said she wasn’t after that I felt she was just want us out their ASAP 
so how could she understand what my brothers medical condition really is like 
all she kept on saying to him through out the medical was so you have no physical disability then you can walk about 
can anyone give me advice whether to phone up and see how his claim is getting on or just leave it and wait he keeps asking me daily about his claim 

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  • JennysDadJennysDad Member Posts: 2,308 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @kojak7 and a warm welcome to the community. Sorry I could not get on line sooner tonight.
    It seems that very few of these assessors have any kind of medical training and what you are describing is not all uncommon. It has caused a lot of people a lot of anxiety.
    However, I am not properly qualified to guide you on this, so I am going to copy your post to our benefits specialists and someone should get back to you very soon. 
    You and your brother are not alone here, and we're here to do the best we can to help.
    Stay in touch.
    Warmest best wishes,
    @JennysDad
  • kojak7kojak7 Member Posts: 11 Connected
    Ok thanks for getting back to me 👍🏼
  • markyboymarkyboy Member Posts: 368 Pioneering
    They do not need to be medically qualified as PIP is not about conditions it's all about how your condition affects your ability to carry out the descriptors 
    Sounds like another case of filling the form in before you have looked in to PIP and what it is all about  that's why so many misinformed people end up with no award
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    PIP isn't about being unfit for work and printed leaflets are not classed as evidence. All conditions affect people differently and he'll need evidence about how his conditions affect him not leaflets.
    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.
  • kojak7kojak7 Member Posts: 11 Connected
    It was all on a letter from his psychiatrist how his condition affects him the woman said she will use that as supporting evidence and he told them at the assesment 
    he was awarded DLA in 1998 for life but now it’s changed to PIP he had to apply again  
    I phoned up PIP this morning and was told his decision has not been made yet as there’s a back log 
    Thanks for getting back to me folks appreciate it 👍🏼

  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Ring for a copy of the assessment report to be sent. This will give some idea what the decision is likely to be as they mostly go with the recommendations in the report.
    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.
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