Hi, I have had DLA appeal tribunal for mobility and care. At appeal I was awarded low care and no mobility. BUT I went in there with no knowledge at all about what was expected. I had no CAB or anyone to help me. Oh those far off days of innocence!!! A year later I had learnt my lesson and reapplied and was awarded high mobility and middle care… (with help of ‘benefits and work’ website).
It is not actually a court… but a panel. Mine was 3 people. A lawyer, a doctor and a physiotherapist. It lasted about an hour and they asked every quesion under the sun. I have to say I was in tears for much of it and felt bullied and intimidated… however everyone does not have the same experience and I have even read of people saying they were sympathetic. So be open minded. Panels vary greatly.
First question: How did you get here today? Now here you would be much better if you have been driven to the door. If you are having a good day I would recommend you walk as you do on a bad day. I know this seems dishonest but they put you in a position of ‘guilty until proven innocent’.
If you use a stick or crutches or wheelchair on a bad day, use it at the appeal. The physio scrutinised my every move.
Try to get someone from CAB to attend with you. If that is not possible, get someone to go with you who can help fight your corner.
Try to remain calm and answer their questions with only the information they ask for. No need to tell them what you had for dinner last night, if you get my meaning.
Answer all questions with information as it is on a bad day. Do not use the words ‘on good days’. If your condition fluctuates considerably (as with many of us with MS) use the words ‘on better days’… avoid the word ‘good’.
I highly recommend that you join ‘benefits and work’ website (about £20 for year membership) as they have excellent advice on all benefit applications and appeals.
Good luck with it and let me know if you have more quesions.
Knowledge is power so learn as much as you can before your tribunal.