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Tribunal next Friday. Should I mention to tribunal that I've got an appointment to see a specialist?

Popdiva43Popdiva43 Member Posts: 134 Pioneering
edited July 6 in PIP, DLA and AA
Good morning everyone, I need some advice again, so next Friday I have my tribunal by telephone, and I've started to write down everything where I think the discriptors were wrong,in what would happen if I tried to do this or try to do that, the way I was feeling, the medication I'm on,the fact that I haven't left the house due to depression and anxiety, this has been going on for months, even before I had my assessment,I've only left the house due to medical appointments, which was a bloody scruggle, due to the pain level that I was in and still am in, and afrer waiting months, like 9 months, because of covid, which I now have, I've finally got an appointment to see a specialist as want to investigate, do bloods mri, literally prod me about to see what's going on, do I mention this to the tribunal, as the assessor states that I had no evidence of having an specialist input, even though I told them I was waiting for an appointment. 


  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,201 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi there 

    The tribunal will only take into account your condition at the time of the assessment 

    That is the decision you are appealing not how you are presently 

    Also having a appointment doesn't really tell them anything 

    Up to you if you mention it but I personally wouldn't put much emphasis on it 

    Good luck for the tribunal 
  • Popdiva43Popdiva43 Member Posts: 134 Pioneering
  • Popdiva43Popdiva43 Member Posts: 134 Pioneering
    Also if I am awarded pip, o they also tell you how long you are awarded for. 
  • chiariedschiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 9,198 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Popdiva43 - I agree with Jane, your tribunal is based on how you were at the time of your assessment. Mentioning you are going to see a specialist for further investigation might also make the tribunal feel that you may improve, so I would be wary of saying anything about it.
    Yes, if awarded PIP, they will say how long it's for. If you feel your condition will keep staying the same, you could mention this at your tribunal to see if you might get a longer award. Best of luck with your tribunal too. :)
  • Popdiva43Popdiva43 Member Posts: 134 Pioneering
    Thanks guys, you've all been a great help,I wish I'd joined this community last year, when I first got all my problems,maybe then it wouldn't of got this far, I will let you all know the outcome next week, once again thanks xxx
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,628 Disability Gamechanger
    The length of your award is not a thing to be passive about. You have the right to explain to a decision maker or a tribunal the length of award you think is justified. With life long or degenerative conditions you should be arguing for 10 years/ongoing. If you’re not proactive and don’t address award length head on then you will get a much shorter award where an award length is largely plucked out of the air. It’s up to you to make the case.
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