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TOPIC: Turned down for DLA somad.

Turned down for DLA somad. 8 years 5 months ago #13034

  • scozzy
I have been turned down for mobility and care and am so mad now.
Over 10 years ago I had a spinal fusion L5 - S1 which failed becaue I contracted MRSA
At that time I was awarded high rate mobility & High rate care and got it for about 4 years but I never renewed it.
Now 6 years later my condition has got so much worse, I go back into hospital tomorrow for a spinal review and to move a nerve that is causing me lots of pain in my leg.

My specialist says he could reduce my pain by upto 50 percent but cant cure me.

I struggle to walk because of pain, It causes me to stumble and walk with a hobble. i cant stand for long because my leg goes numb, I cant bend without pain infact i am in pain all the time and the more i do the more I suffer I could go on for hours about how it affects my life and my family members.

Sorry to waffle on but talking might help me get less mad.
Do you think I should put myself through more stress with an appeal to a tribuneral.

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Re:Turned down for DLA somad. 8 years 5 months ago #13041

Hi Scozzy,

If you lodge an appeal within the time limit you can withdraw at any time if you decide that it's too emotionally painful.

Use the standard form of words in our DLA appeals guide to complete the GL24 appeal form, which you can download from the internet, and you could have your appeal lodged in 5 minutes flat.

Then you can consider at your leisure what to do and as you have re4ceived no award at all there's no financial risk involved in appealing.


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Re:Turned down for DLA somad. 8 years 5 months ago #13049

I know just how you feel, your post could be me.
I just got DLA and then after 5 weeks it was retracted. No reason, no medical.
So all I can say is good luck with hospital. Hope you do get some relief from the constant pain that can drive us mad.

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Re:Turned down for DLA somad. 8 years 4 months ago #13186

I am so sorry to hear you are in such pain. I really feel for you cause I know what that's like. What I would do if I were you would be to go on to the dla website and download and print an a/f for dla with the express purpose of studying it when you feel well enough to do so. Or you could copy the questions down. Slowly go through each question and jot down your answers. Take your time and don't rush. There is no need to hurry. You have all the time in the world. The key here is preperation, but at your own pace. Keep going back over the questions, because you'll find you have forgotten to mention things. I think the fact that your going in for an operation will be a help for you as you'll be able to get a medical report from your consultant. When you feel familiar with the Dla questions and have thought about them considerably to such an extent that they no longer seem so threatening or overwhelming, then ask the DWP to send you a DLA information pack. Photocopy it and do a draft on the photocopy. When your satisfied with it, only then copy it onto the original. Presentation, neatness i think does count because my background is Personnel. Who wants to read an unreadable form. Use coloured pens to underline. You need to give as much detailed information as possible. You have a month to complete this form. What I do is small amounts each day. Answer 1-2 questions a day. Be very very detailed with each question. The more information you give the better. I understand that applying for DLA is daunting when your feeling really ill and in a great deal of pain but I would encourage you to do it. It's the way you do it. Approach everything slowly. Break the form down into manageable bits. Small is best. If after 1 month you haven't completed the form, don't worry just ring the office and tell them how poorly you are and ask for extended time. I can't see that as being a problem, so try not to worry.I also think you should read at your own leisurely pace all the relevant information on this website BEFORE you request an a/f. Once you feel gemmed up with the information and spent lots of time going over a/f dla which you've downloaded you'll feel more able to tackle the form. Don't ask the DWP to send the form till your familiar with the above. This way it won't feel so daunting. If you have a friend who's interested, you could always show them your draft information and ask them if there is anything you've missed. They will notice things about you and point out things you haven't mentioned.Another you could consider is is asking someone to write down the answers for you. This reduces the stress, especially when your in pain. You dictate your answers. It is less tiring and more relaxing. You can then review what you've said when you feel up to it. The trouble with intense pain it can and does often stop one thinking clearly. It just overwhelms.Do take your time. However long it takes perservere but slowly. You will eventually get the form completed. jUst a little each day goes a long way. I will be thinking of you on Monday and I will pray for you. God strengthen and Bless You. Lavenderlady.

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Re:Turned down for DLA somad. 8 years 4 months ago #13187

I do apologise. I misunderstood what you wrote! I'm sorry what I said was totally irrelevant! I understand and sympathise with your anger. I think if I was in your shoes I'd appeal, because you'll feel like your doing something about the unfairness of the way your being treated and i bet when you get started you'll feel spurred on.Many times I've felt tempted not to appeal to unjust decisions, then I get angry and I think what the hell, I'm not going to give up! Im entitled to this benefit! View it as you've got nothing to lose by going to tribunal and everything to gain. Yes, it's stressful, but no more stressful than all your anger which will make you more ill. By going to tribunal your directing your feeling of injustice in a constructive way that could yield great results for you.I wish you the very best. Lavenderlady

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Re:Turned down for DLA somad. 8 years 4 months ago #13199

  • scozzy
thank you very much Lavenderlady for your replies, I am now home following my surgery which hopefully may help the pain only time will tell now.
I have used information provided and lodged for an oral tribunal and I am at the stage where i dont really care if ime awarded it because its not about the money, but about the fact i have a less quality of life than lots of people around me, My 4 year old son suffers because i am unable to do the normal things with him that Dads do all the time like, playing on the floor or taking him out on his bike or play fighting, bathing him etc the list is endless.
So even if ime not awarded they will hear what i have to say about the system and it stinks.
Thanks for your support

Sorry if I still sound mad its just the sytem.

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