sheppeyescapee wrote:Yes I was successful with my appeal, about 4 months I think and yes it was backdated. This was a few claims ago mind. My most recent claim I sent a whole raft of evidence with my form ( in total it weighed 1kg! ). So the more evidence you can gather the better.
Superstottie wrote:Hi, and welcome to the forum! I have just gone through the whole DLA claim thing - started last June and finally got the right award in Jan - so be prepared to have a long wait! If you ring the DLA up and ask for a copy of all the evidence they used to make the decision - with my initial refusal they had asked a healthcare professional (someone with a bit of medical knowledge who works for them) and they had been told a load of rubbish, and of course they have no idea of my condition so was irrelevant. They had also requested a GP report but it hadn't been sent in time. I had included a copy of my consultants report. I then asked for a reconsideration with a long letter explaining things in a bit more detail and pointing out what was wrong with the healthcare professionals report. They then received my GP report, and also requested a report off my Rheumy and also sent a doctor out to examine me, and awarded me LRC. I then decided to appeal as I had been advised by several people including my OT that I should get at least MRC and HRM. I lodged an appeal and again sent a long letter pointing out the mistakes they had made and again going into great detail about what I need help with etc. I got my award before it went to appeal, so it is all worth it in the end but it does take a lot of mental and physical strength, it can be very depressing going into the details of whet you can and cant do as it makes it real when you write it all down and read it back - never makes happy reading!
It's hard to say if you would be successful as we don't know how badly effected you are, and it all comes down to the mood of the decision maker that deals with you claim! I really do recommend the benefits and work guides though. Good luck!
Superstottie wrote:I gave my GP a copy of the application form so that he could see how I am affected, but making a list to give to him/her or at least talking to them would be good. I included a letter to my GP saying that I didn't want to influence what they put but as I know they are busy people, I didn't bother them with things that they can't help me with when I saw them, and they don't really need to know that my hubby has to help me use the loo etc when I go to get some more painkillers! You can do the appeal letter yourself, or get them to do it - but if time gets tight then you can just write a simple letter requesting either that they look at your claim again or to appeal, and then send in extra supporting letters/evidence at a later date. Think you can actually request a reconsideration over the phone?? I know that an appeal must be made in writing though. Think they have some sample letters on the B&W website?? My memory is being rubbish (more than normal) today so I could be totally wrong!
Don't take the rejection personally - think they turn most people down at first, suppose those that accept it and don't fight on means they are saving money! I had applied two times before over the years and just accepted it, didn't even ask for a reconsideration as I thought I must not be entitled as they said I wasn't! I also learned that they make mistakes - big ones in my case - and don't follow the rules that they publish! I looked up the rules on B&W and found for example the walking speed that they say is not counted as walking due to being too slow was a lot faster that their doctor had assessed me as having, but they still refused me any Mobility, I pointed this out on my appeal application and had a decision for HRM within a few weeks!!
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