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TOPIC: New to Forum, DLA to PIP Help needed..

New to Forum, DLA to PIP Help needed.. 1 month 1 week ago #171906

Hi.. I have just joined the site and am looking for help regarding my change from DLA to PIP...

I have had High Rate Mobility of DLA since 2002 and have just received the PIP forms and i'm worried as I am hearing many stories of people not getting the PIP benefit...

My history.. I first started having major trouble with my back in 2000, though I had problems even in childhood, after 2 years of fighting to get an MRI scan it was discovered that I had Disc Degeneration at 3 disc sites, Osteoporosis & Arthritis.. In 2008 I had spine surgery to decompress one of the discs and a wallis implant inserted...... Problems persisted afterwards and it turns out that it was mainly due to the operation they performed and continuing disc herniations.....I Don't mean to go on so i'll get to the point, I'm in pain every day and rely on my car to get me out and about so I can't lose the assistance I so gratefully get or i'll end up stuck in doors, I just worry that I don't look more sick, people assume that because I look fine there is nothing wrong and I don't want that to be the reason why I get refused the help I need......

I need assistance with knowing how to fill in the forms but mostly with the evidence they want.. I have never been given any copies of scans etc or test results so am not sure what I can send the DWP, Can I request copies of scans to send to them?

I got my PIP claim form today, 26th October but the letter is dated the 19th and they want it returned by the 19th November which gives me 24 days to get it back to them, is this normal?

I am sorry to go on, I just hope there are people who can help me.. Any information or guidance is gratefully appreciated... Thank you all in advance....
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New to Forum, DLA to PIP Help needed.. 1 month 6 days ago #171931

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Welcome to the forum, you might want to have a look at the following FAQ which explain where everything is

Welcome to Benefits and Work

Have a look at our PIP claim guide this will help you to complete the PIP2. See

www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/help-for-claimants/pip

If you run out of time you can ask for a two week extension by ringing the number that you made your initial claim on.

Speak to your GP about what support they will provide, it's possible that they will say that they will wait for the DWP to contact them, the likelihood is that this will not happen. If this happens then you can access your medical records held at the practice. See

Requesting your medical records

Charging for medical records

If you have more questions then please reply to this post and we will do our best to help.

Gordon
Nothing on this board constitutes legal advice - always consult a professional about specific problems
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New to Forum, DLA to PIP Help needed.. 1 month 6 days ago #171969

Hi gordon... Firstly, thank you for your reply, its so appreciated...

When I first made the DLA claim, it was my orthopaedic surgeon who pushed me to do it knowing that things would not improve, I never realised the impact my back problem and future surgery would have... Problem I've always faced is that I don't look like I have a problem, well that is until my back goes and I can't even move an inch without screaming in agony, problem is that they never see this side of things...

I'm not even sure my doctor will say anything other than the medical facts!!! If honest they are quite useless, often not even knowing that I've been to the hospital until I tell them I have..lol..

Should I contact the doctors now and see if they can access my most recent MRI scan, would the scan be useful, or should I contact the hospital?

I have letters stating results and what is actually wrong with my back, would they be useful to send? Other than that I don't really have any other information to send them, I guess I will just have to be honest, tell them about my day to life and see if that is enough, just don't know what I would do if the car was taken as I would be completely grounded without it....

Sorry to go on but I really can't afford for this to go wrong, like everyone else on your amazing site I guess....

Cheers.
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New to Forum, DLA to PIP Help needed.. 1 month 6 days ago #171979

There is no point in submitting the actual scans, I wouldn't expect the Assessment Provider to have anyone to interpret these.

The actual results of scans etc will be much more useful.

You can certainly make a start on getting copies of anything you think might be useful. Don't forget to keep the original document for your own files and only send copies to DWP!
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New to Forum, DLA to PIP Help needed.. 1 month 6 days ago #171983

Hi. I asked for my medical notes from 2000 which covers Hospital visits also. I took photo's of the Adaptions in my home and all the items I have to use in and around my home to help me day to day. I even took a photo of my bed as it's an adjustable. I did forgot to put in everything but I made sure I had it all on my assessment day in my home. All you need is proof, and it does work. Read what this site says. I have been a member for some years and it is very interesting reading all the topics. Your surgery should be able to get what you want so get it as soon as you can rather than later. It cost me £10
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New to Forum, DLA to PIP Help needed.. 1 month 6 days ago #171984

I expect your return envelope will be prepaid second class. Royal Mail has said that it aims to deliver a very high percentage of second class post within 3 days, not within 2 days as is commonly believed.

Your current deadline is a Saturday, so the deadline if you are allowed a two-week extension will also be a Saturday. So it might be best to post on the Tuesday before the deadline.
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