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Second PIP application - worried to claim after assessor lied the first time
I have several lifelong health conditions, the most disabling being arthritis in my hips and knees. I can barely walk and need to hire a wheelchair if I go shopping or out for any length of time. I've had 2 falls in the bath and just last week fell down the stairs as my knee gave way. I have a bath rail to aid me in stepping in and out of the bath, and need to use the radiator next to the toilet to help me up and down.
The first time I applied for PIP I didn't expect to get it, but I didn't expect the assessor to tell blatant lies on his assessment. I tried to make a complaint, but was told that without any corroborating evidence, there was nothing I could do, even though I had a witness, my son, and medical evidence that I could not have carried out the physical exam he said he carried out. It's upsetting that the government accuses people on disability benefits of telling lies when their assessors do the same!
He also lied about a few other things. I went through the usual appeals process, but because I was given all zeros on my assessment, I was told that no-one would overturn the decision.
I'm in the process of applying again, with the full support of my GP, but am very stressed out about the whole thing. I have requested my medical records from my GP, which I have just received, but it's a bit of a chore going through them all for any relevant information. My GP has also referred me for a wheelchair assessment. I have been registered disabled by my local council and have a blue parking badge and bus pass.
I've read so many horror stories about assessments that I've been thinking of secretly recording mine in the hope that at least I'd have some evidence if the next one lies.
I would appreciated any help and advice about the assessment. I'd rather tell the truth and lose than win by lying, but I'm not sure I can face another like the last one!