I applied for PIP as I have had severe Epilepsy all my life which has not responded to treatment and left me unable to work. I was awarded 0 points for both components. I went through the MR process – same again. I contested this at Tribunal. The panel had access to my medical records including details of hospitalisation. I could hear them upon leaving the room saying they ‘did not believe me’ and ‘how could I need help as I have a degree?’.
I only received the mobility component in the end as I cannot drive. Nothing to help pay for my carer. This has taken over two years.The assessor claimed they were a nurse. I recall nothing of it as was recovering from a seizure according to my carer who was there at the time. All I know is I was in bed at the time and had to be woken to be asked questions I could not answer. I did not understand anything.
My carer was present and took notes. What was in the report is not what was stated by my carer and appears to be fabricated so as to avoid the awarding of points.It has been physically and mentally draining. The panel said if I contest the decision as I have already been awarded mobility money then I will likely lose everything. This is making me worse as stress makes my condition worse.