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TOPIC: Severe disablement assessment form

Severe disablement assessment form 6 years 10 months ago #14696

  • amanda stephen
I had a medical yesterday which I thought would be the personal capability assessment as it said on the letter I was claiming incapacity benefit and thought SDA was defunct.

It turned out it was a paper form for severe disablement that the medical was based on. This was correct in that it was what I had claimed when I started claiming benefit but did not think it was still used.

These are what my concerns are. Firstly that I had to wait an hour to be seen and then only spent 25 minutes in the medical and felt rushed as the dr wanted home. This was much shorter than the people I had waited seeing going in and out who were in for 40 to 50 minutes.

Secondly I was all geared up for the personal capability assessment which I did not get. I was asked the history of the illness over 14 years, impossible to do if you have no records with you for this. I was asked why I had problems sleeping which I felt were a symptom of my illness and was unsure what he wanted me to say as I have no medical knowledge and did not really go into how my illness affects me. At one point I witnessed the dr roll his eyes and say this was my statement and felt I was being difficult. I was not I just felt that I was being asked questions that I had not been prepared for ie not how my illness affects me but my medical opinion even though I am not a dr.

I am very concerned because I felt that it did not go well at all, not due to me but facts such as the dr running late, his attitude towards me as it was the end of the day and expecting a different test.

My mother has advised not to complain as this might affect the outcome of the assessment. I feel if I do not complain now if I have to appeal their decision it will look like I am only doing so as I am unhappy with the result.

I am sorry if this sounds picky or pitying but I am really worried. Please could you give me your advice or opinions.
Many thanks
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Re:Severe disablement assessment form 6 years 10 months ago #14707

amanda
stephen wrote:
I had a medical yesterday which I thought would be the personal capability assessment as it said on the letter I was claiming incapacity benefit and thought SDA was defunct.

It turned out it was a paper form for severe disablement that the medical was based on. This was correct in that it was what I had claimed when I started claiming benefit but did not think it was still used.

These are what my concerns are. Firstly that I had to wait an hour to be seen and then only spent 25 minutes in the medical and felt rushed as the dr wanted home. This was much shorter than the people I had waited seeing going in and out who were in for 40 to 50 minutes.

Secondly I was all geared up for the personal capability assessment which I did not get. I was asked the history of the illness over 14 years, impossible to do if you have no records with you for this. I was asked why I had problems sleeping which I felt were a symptom of my illness and was unsure what he wanted me to say as I have no medical knowledge and did not really go into how my illness affects me. At one point I witnessed the dr roll his eyes and say this was my statement and felt I was being difficult. I was not I just felt that I was being asked questions that I had not been prepared for ie not how my illness affects me but my medical opinion even though I am not a dr.

I am very concerned because I felt that it did not go well at all, not due to me but facts such as the dr running late, his attitude towards me as it was the end of the day and expecting a different test.

My mother has advised not to complain as this might affect the outcome of the assessment. I feel if I do not complain now if I have to appeal their decision it will look like I am only doing so as I am unhappy with the result.

I am sorry if this sounds picky or pitying but I am really worried. Please could you give me your advice or opinions.
Many thanks

I am not familiar with the procedure that was used in your case, but if you are unhappy with the manner in which the doctor conducted the assessment, you have a right to make a formal complaint.

The complaint and appeal procedures are completely different, and if you complain and need to appeal any adverse decision, the grievance will have no effect on the appeal. Likewise, it should have no effect whatsoever on the outcome of the assessment.
Nothing on this board constitutes legal advice - always consult a professional about specific problems
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Re:Severe disablement assessment form 6 years 10 months ago #14728

I would at least write so that it IS in writing that you did not feel the assessment was done as you expected and therefore you had been unprepared for some of the questions and had felt under pressure to respond quickly due to the time aspect, however please know this is only MY opinion and I am certainly no expert.
I just feel it is best to record in writing everything after what happened to me.
Good luck, Elljay
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