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First of all I hope you are all as well as possible and my sincere apologies for not being here for a long time.
I am hoping someone can offer some words of advice as I really don't know what to do although I know only I can decide, this is my first PIP claim so its all new and despite me reading about it and looking at the descriptors I can't retain information at all like I used to.
So here goes, in previous posts I had some advice regarding sending in medical evidence etc and had a lot of difficulty with it as some I couldn't get then had a flare of my condition and couldn't get out to photocopy it. I rang and explained and asked could I try photographing it to send it online but was told no they could not accept it on their servers. At this time I was at the stage of requesting mandatory reconsideration but told it would not go ahead for several months due to the pandemic this was 25th March. I explained I had already started sheilding in early March prior to official date, as I was fearful of the situation as my background was in nursing and my illhealth now places me at high risk of infection plus I live with my elderly mum who is also high risk.
In june I received the mr back with no award I was not surprised as they had no further evidence from me due to lockdown. I applied for tribunal with help from cab who said I scored high and should be awarded pip. The lady who was helping me was amazing and wrote it out for me with two long telephone calls. I again was struggling with how can I submit medical evidence if I can't print copies or post them or can't email it then was told I can email or upload it to tribunal. I have been doing this albeit very slowly due to my ongoing pain, fatigue and spending huge parts of the day in the bathroom with inflammatory bowel disease and getting urine infections ontop due to becoming dehydrated. I have not quite completed uploading the medical evidence as i have no working computer an old mobile and intermittent internet access, i have one new device that I've been transferring the photos to. I have to say the tribunal webchat facility has been helpful and they have been patient with me so far.
Today I received a call out of the blue who I initially thought was the tribunal looking at my case. Unfortunately I'd not slept at all as I'd been waking in pain all night so explained I was not feeling well but would try as he said he wanted to discuss some details of my case. He was from dwp and I thought it was about two links they said they could not access but he then proceeded to ask if I had anything more up to date than 2019 I said I wasn't sure but as the NHS clinics etc that I attend have been closed I doubt it over the last year. I have been in hospital for one infusion at the end of summer. After a lot of repetitive conversation where I got upset being asked details and being told they don't fit the criteria even though they acknowledged it and him saying he felt a lot of my difficulties were due to the amount of medication I need?
He said that a lot of my case doesn't fit the criteria but he was going to change it from no award to standard care and standard mobility. He said that he would award it for 5 years and backdate it. He did at one point say it would be best for me to continue with tribunal but then seemed to be trying to persuade me to accept? I asked if i could think about it as a lot of what he said was contradicting what is reality for my everyday difficulties he said yes but wanted to ring me later but he is ringing tomorrow lunchtime. He did say the tribunal often only award for 2 years and may give less than him? He did also say he had dealt with someone else with the same conditions as me and she had less score but I thought PIP was about how your conditions affect you?
I am so sorry this is so long, thanks if you read it all and any words of wisdom will be much appreciated.
Stay safe all
take care x
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