Well I had my PIP tribunal yesterday, and I have to say that it was horrid. I must warn anybody who has to face one of those or is about to start a PIP claim just how horrible they are. I don’t want to put you off claiming - far from it - you should fight for what you are entitled to all the way to the tribunal if you have to. But do please go into it with big wide open eyes.
What my advice what be (that I didn’t do - and this may been slightly more complex for me than for some of you as I have Epilepsy and Borderline Personality Disorder as well) is to get an advocate/representative from the very start. Get someone experienced in the PIP process and get them to fill in the claim form with you. Make sure that they are able to go to every meeting with you, so hopefully that will only be the 1 medical (as hopefully you’ll be successful at this stage).
I got a representative for my tribunal which I think is the only reason that I was able to speak at all. They seem to HUGELY underestimate the impact of mental health problems, in fact they just seem to not understand or perhaps acknowledge them. That being said, whilst I lost my mobility component - lower level (which I wasn’t sure that I should of had anyhow), I did get the lower level of the daily living component.
I guess I just can’t quite belive that it’s all over. It was such a massive thing and just such a horrible thing to face, and it just took up all my energy and made me feel really lousy like I was somehow a fraud or should be coping better, yet really good for facing them as well as I did (if that makes any sense). Pfff…
Just try and save yourself the hassle by getting the forms thoroughly gone through from the start. Good luck to anyone who has one coming up - really, take a rep with you. I guess they have to put you through the ringer to know if you are telling the truth or not, but still.
Take care all,