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TOPIC: Help needed for PIP MR

Help needed for PIP MR 2 months 3 weeks ago #195988

Thank you.
I am in severe pain when my knee has locked and is dragging. When I stood, the assessor noted that I had to use both hands to lever myself up out of the chair, I was then unsteady until I got my balance, although she didn't put that. I can't walk anywhere near as fast as a normal person, I would take longer than twice the time it took an abled bodied person to do it and would have to stop, which I did in the assessment centre, asking the assessor for some water.
We had sat for an hour before I had to do it again/ My friend who went with me had dropped me off right outside the door and as the assessor was leaving the building, she saw mw still sitting waiting for my friend to fetch the car. My friend told her that she takes me shopping, dropping me off at the door, I have to walk leaning on a trolley, when I get tired, can't walk anymore, I sit down and she fetches the rest of the shopping.
In the house, the assessor put that I use the walking stick. My toilet is upstairs, I told her I have to stop 2-3 times to get up the stairs although she only put I stop once, this is because of the pain and fatigue. I have to hold onto two stair rails to pull myself upstairs. I am able to make trips outside, but again, I can't walk far and have to keep stopping.

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Help needed for PIP MR 2 months 3 weeks ago #195997

Windy

Your statement that you make trips outside and in particular that you go shopping will have acted against you, as I said 20m Is a very short distance, the aisles in my local supermarket are probably each 40m long.

Also your use of the stairs each day, whilst I don't agree with the DWP view that they are equivalent to a walk of more than 50m but the effort will be greater than the distance covered.

So you need to have a look at how you have described your problems with walking and how they effect you and provided detailed testimony of this.

Gordon
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Help needed for PIP MR 2 months 2 weeks ago #196264

Hello.
Sorry for the late reply. I have been away.

Thanks for your replies.

It seems I cannnot challenge the report now anyway as, although when I rang, I told the Case Manager that I didn't want to register as wanting a review at that time, as I wanted to have a word with my doctor and submit further evidence, they have done one anyway with out giving me the full 30 days to allow me to get any other evidence. This was done so that they could change the mistake they made in giving me 8 points instead of the 10 for walking with aids.
I had decided I probably wouldn't challenge as you said I had a lot going against me, but do feel quite robbed by them doing it early without giving me the chance.

Thanks for your help anyway.

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Help needed for PIP MR 2 months 2 weeks ago #196293

Windy

You do have the option of asking for a second MR or on the assumption that you now have an MR notice, you can continue on to appeal.

Gordon
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Help needed for PIP MR 2 months 2 weeks ago #196294

I'm afraid it is not unusual for the MR to be completed before the claimant has the chance to submit supporting documentation :( Not that it usually makes much difference as the MR rarely does anything other than 'Rubber stamp' the initial decision anyway :angry:
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Help needed for PIP MR 2 months 2 weeks ago #196315

Yes, it did more or less rubber stamp what they put on the original except for adding the 2 extra points where they had missed that she gave me 8 for walking without an aid and yet put all the way through that I was walking with a stick. They still did not give me anything for the walking very slowly or that my balance is not good.

I fell badly yesterday and cannot get about at all at the moment.

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