I applied for PIP in December 2016, after 6 months of being off work sick. My health was declining and I saw there wasn’t going to be any way that I could return to work, so I decided to apply. It took 4 months from sending my application to receive a face to face assessment. They gave me a home visit after I stressed how sick the ESA assessment and travelling 1.5 hours made me.
My assessor seemed like a nice guy. I explained to him how I couldn’t take the suggested medication because of side affects and he stated “it’s horrible stuff , good job you aren’t on it” the whole assessment went this way and he made me feel a little less nervous. I was a wreck before hand and the assessment came on a bad flare day.
I had my response saying I scored 0 points. Even though ESA saw I was so sick they put me straight in the support group, no questions asked. I appealed the decision which obviously as everyone’s does, it failed. I went to tribunal and even the tribunal staff were appalling towards me, and constantly made me cry. One of the women, a “disability expert” said she didn’t and couldn’t believe I didn’t have many friends, whom of which I have lost from being ill. The whole experience has made my anxiety 100 x worse, it’s made me more reserved, and since May 2018 (when I had my tribunal date) my health has worsened considerably. I thought it was just a flare, but it is now August and there is no improvement, so I strongly believe the worsening in my condition is because of them.I had a nurse assess me, who seemed to understand the medications I had listed having reactions to, but had absolutely zero understanding of any of my recognised conditions: ME, Fibro, POTS, asthma, anxiety and HSD.Horrible. I was led into a false sense of security.
While I was still struggling to recall information or manage to make it through the assessment, he was reassuring and said we could take as long as we wanted, but when the report came back for MR, I saw he had lied about everything I had told him, twisted everything and plainly made stuff up.The report said because I used to have a fairly complex job, that would mean I can still do it now – completely ignoring the fact I am too sick now. It was ridiculous. Every single aspect of that report was a lie, that he had constructed off his own back.It’s made me so much more sick, and honestly even months on I am so unwell that now, ironically, I need PIP more than ever.