Can i add to pip claim ?

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I was awarded higher rate care component of PIP fairley recently. Now I have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and this is causing problems with my movement and mobility. Can i go back to PIP with my new complaint or do I have to wait until my claim comes up for renewal ? I was suffering this when I went for my medical but didnt have a diagnoses then , any information will be greeatfully recieved

 

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    Hi Gersmummy, <-- That's a new one on me! lol

    Once you have won an Award of PIP or DLA, in your case you got the High Rate Care Component, you can ask to be re-assessed taking in to account you are already on PIP High Rate Care. But normally, they will look at the whole claim again.

    This means you could gain the Mobility Rate, the rate will obviously vary - but they may also look at your Care Component as well.

    In your case if the diagnosis regarding your mobility was unknown then you could possibly gain by asking for your Award to be looked at again, because you now have further disorders which were not known at your initial hearing.

    Some, people do not do this just in case it drops - but as long as you have supporting evidence then you should be fine.

    Regards,

    Les.

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      Hi Gersmummy,

      I was on High Rate Mobility and Middle Rate Care for a number of years, but because my condition is progressively becoming worse I applied for the Higher Rate Care. After about 3 months I received a letter from the DWP, asking why I did not apply for the higher rate before because it was obviously required. They also stated that if I had made the claim within the first 13 months of the inital DLA Claim, I could have had it backdated to that date. Instead, it was backdated about 6 months, bearing in mind this payment was the difference between the Middle care to High Care for 6 months.

      I even received a letter from the DWP saying that they wish that I had claimed within the initial 13 month period, bearing in mind all of the disorders I suffer from. I have never had a face to face interview for ESA or DLA. This may seem strange to many people claiming DLA, since they have to literally fight for the Allowance, but I have to attend hospital appointments between 5 - 8 a month, including Neurology Consultants for 6 BoTox Injections in my neck and trapezium muscle, Neurophysiotherapists, Epilepsy Specialists, Pain Management Clinic, etc.

      I have more bad days than good ones, which with many people would cause depression, but I have been there as well.

      That is my day to day life in general, apart from having major adaptions to our premises, it's not a life I wanted as a teenager going through college, but it only took one wrong move my mothers garden to change my life forever. What was even worse was it took many doctors and professors 2 years to diagnose what was actually wrong with me, because back then I was only the 7th known case in the UK.

      Regards,

      Les.

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    My understanding is that you have to tell them if your condition changes either way (better or worse). It is then up to them to decide what to do.
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      This is correct, any disorder becoming worse or better should be notified to the DWP, as this will affect your DLA/PIP or ESA (depending on group and ESA type).

      What many people do on these TV programmes is get DLA and think it is for life, DLA can be awarded "indefinitely", however when this changes to PIP, do not expect to receive it at the same levels.

      On rare occassions this does happen but you must be severely disabled, or have a condition that is progressive and reached a point where you meet all PIP conditions initially.

      What really sickens me is women that become pregnant just because they want a holiday abroad, but also they want a disabled child, so they can claim more money. This should not be allowed anywhere in the world.

      Regards,

      Les.

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