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Dear All,

I was awarded DLA for life many years ago and am expecting receipt of application form for transfer to PIP.

I was wondering if anyone has applied for PIP on the basis of history of DVT's and PE's?

I have had four DVT's and three PE's and on lifelong anticoagulation (APIXABAN). I have also had a total knee replacement in November 2018.

Any advice would be very much appreciated!

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    Hi first off welcome to the forum

    As you probably realise DLA and PIP are totally different benefits and all the previous medical history you used to claim DLA will not be taken into account when claiming PIP you will need new paperwork and now it will not be awarded solely on your diagnosis but on how your illnesses effects you on a daily bases and the activities you are able to do ie cooking, dressing etc.

    Read through the descriptors online and possibly get help to fill the forms out, citizens advice or another advice group.

    Denise will I'm sure be on and she will be able too probably give you more information, good luck

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    It's correct that DLA and PIP are different benefits with different criteria. However, when transferring from DLA you can request your DLA file to be used as evidence for the PIP claim. This doesn't mean that you'll be awarded and you should still send recent evidence that states how your conditions affect you against the PIP descriptors.

    They very rarely contact anyone for any evidence, the onus is on you to make sure it's sent.

    When you fill out the form you should make sure you put as much information as possible about how your conditions affect you. I'd also recommend adding a couple of real life examples of what happened the last time you attempted that activity for each descriptor that applies to you.

    Expect a face to face assessment because most people have them. Providing your PIP form is returned by the date stated then your DLA will continue until a decision's been made on the PIP. You can also request an extra 14 days to return the form.

    Unfortunately links can't be posted here so i'm unable to add any of those to help you.

    Good luck.

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