Hello all, please bear with me as this is my first post.
I have been receiving higher-rate mobility component and low-rate care component for over 6 years.
I received the "infinate" letter in December 2010.
As of January this year it was all stopped following a visit by an independent medical examiner.
I have requested that they "Right Payment Programme" acting on behave of the DWP look at my claim again.
This did not change their decision and I have a hearing at HM & Tribunals Services sometime later this year.
I have spinal stenosis and I am in constant pain despite having major surgery in 1999 for decompression.
Walking is painful and I am unable to do most daily activities that others take for granted.
I am unable to run, unable to lift things such as shopping. I am unable to get out of the bath without someone helping me. Unable to get off the floor or up from a kneeling position. Unable to bend down to the oven and lift the containts (roast chicken etc). The list goes on and on ...
The independent medical examiner states I can walk 300 metres without discomfort.
He also states that I do not have spinal stenosis.
He states that my MRI scan of 2 years ago (it was actually 5 years ago) does not show any recurrence.
Yet is does show this and he can not see my scans without my consent.
My own doctors report states differently. Yet they (DWP) appear to have ignored my doctors report in favour of the independent medical examiner's report. Yet the examiner only checked my muscle mass and reflexes, no other physical examination was done. He was in and out of my home in 30 minutes and generally asked questions.
Has anyone been to a tribunal hearing as part of the appeal process?
Has anyone actually won that appeal? I only hear of people losing their appeal.
What is the best way to prepare for the tribunal hearing and what are the main do's and don'ts?