I was receiving ESA for quite some time. Unfortunately due to differing circumstances I failed to attend a medical three times. This automatically closes my claim and renderers me fit for work. The Jobcenter and my doctor have the opposite view on that but rules are rules I guess.
I have started an appeal, with the help from the local CAB office. The tribunal service has sent me a letter to state that they have received my appeal.
I'm not going too far into it but I suffer from anxiety, PTSD and depression (and some talk of a schizoid personality disorder) with a chronic back problem. I am on the waiting list for cognitive therapy.
That was before the start of last week. Last week I've been in a car crash, nothing too serious but it has made my back pain even worse and I'm back on Naproxen, Tramadol and Valium. The whole ordeal has made mental issues worse with the car being a write off and insurance. I was just about holding it together with the appeal in front of me, but now the crash has really affected me badly. It's like all the Progress I have done over the years is suddenly gone and my life is unfolding.
I'm not posting this for sympathy, just what are my options from this point? If I had a medical I would fail being fit for work before the crash but now even more so.
I don't know what the rules are, my doctor says she'll sign me off. But I don't know if there is any point. Am I stuck in a loop hole, is there a way around this? I can't see how I am able to work, these painkillers are strong and makes me high as a kite along with all the other issues.
Any advice would be great.