This article will outline PIP Letter After The Tribunal Win. What you can expect when you win a PIP tribunal hearing. Furthermore, the article will highlight what you can do to make sure you understand the hearing as well as introduce what the PIP benefit is so the audience has a deeper understanding of the topic!
Winning The PIP Tribunal Win – What To Expect?
After you win the PIP tribunal hearing you will receive an official notification in the form of a letter within a couple of weeks – usually 4 to 6 weeks – to apprise you that your hearing went in your favor and your PIP benefits will be continued again – you will start receiving your payments again after every 4 weeks.
Also, if any of your payments were stopped in the past then that amount will also be given to you in some weeks – the value of these claims will amount to what you are owed from the time you made your claim.
In this article, we will take a look at the following topics of importance:
- What Happens If I Lose The Tribunal Hearing?
- What Could Happen Before The Decision?
- What Is PIP?
- How To Ensure I Get PIP?
Let us take a look at these important topics of relevance now!
What If I Lose The Appeal – Tribunal Decision On Your PIP
In case the tribunal denies your claim and does not allow the hearing to go in your favor then you will be informed of this through an official notice that will also contain what options you have.
One of these options is to approach the Upper Tribunal in case you think your decision is not valid and the initial tribunal made a mistake. If you’re thinking about challenging the decision, get advice from your local Citizens Advice in England and Wales or in Scotland to check if you have grounds to appeal again.
You can also apply again for PIP in case you think a fresh start would be a better and quicker idea!
What Could Happen Before The Decision?
Usually what happens is that the DWP panel will look at your documents again to see if there was a mistake or they had overlooked something – they will not call you for another hearing in most cases.
Hence, before they review your documents you should send in any additional information in the form of documents or evidence to build a stronger case or help them understand where the issue was.
In some cases they will call you the hearing if they think the issue is more serious or they need further clarification.
After they have reviewed the documents you provided, the tribunal will send you a provisional decision for you to review. If you are not happy then you can demand for a hearing to take place so you can provide your opinion.
What Is PIP?
PIP stands for Personal Independence Pay that is a non-taxable benefit which can be availed by people who suffer from a long term condition or injury that affects their daily life activities and mobility.
This means they cannot walk properly or carry out simple or basic tasks such as eating properly or doing simple well being tasks like taking a bath. This benefit is given to people not based on the condition itself but the way it affects the person and their life activities.
It takes quite some time because of the information the concerned department has to process with regards to your case. In this case, the concerned department is the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) which will make a decision after you have completed your medical assessment and have sent in other relevant documents such as your claims and the notes made by the health professional during or with regards to your medical assessment.
Thus, the following 3 sources of information are taking into consideration:
- Your Claim
- Your Medical Assessment
- Health Professionals Comments
How To Ensure You Get PIP?
There are some steps you can follow to ensure your true condition is properly conveyed to your concerned health professional. Also, you must have knowledge of various symptoms you may experience so that you can include them in your forms or the information you send over to the DWP.
We will take the example of stress and how it affects us coupled with any other existing condition.
Talk About Your Symptoms
Regardless of how you feel or what you think, your symptoms are what really make the difference! If the condition is affecting you in a physical manner or affects your behaviour then your doctor as well as your employer are more likely to become convinced that your case is serious!
It is important that you talk about your symptoms in detail. Whether it is a headache or a minor cut that appeared on your body – talk about it. Sometimes we take things for granted but they have a relation to what we feel, think or experience.
Stress is the body’s reaction to harmful situations — whether they’re real or perceived. When you feel threatened, a chemical reaction occurs in your body that allows you to act in a way to prevent injury. This reaction is known as “fight-or-flight,” or the stress response. Sometimes stress can result in such severe conditions or exacerbate an existing condition that it affects your daily life.
According to WebMD, the following symptoms reflect stress:
Emotional symptoms of stress include:
- Becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and moody
- Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control
- Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind
- Feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless, and depressed
- Avoiding others
Physical symptoms of stress include:
- Low energy
- Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea
- Aches, pains, and tense muscles
- Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
- Frequent colds and infections
- Loss of sexual desire and/or ability
- Nervousness and shaking, ringing in the ear, cold or sweaty hands and feet
- Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing
- Clenched jaw and grinding teeth
Cognitive symptoms of stress include:
- Constant worrying
- Racing thoughts
- Forgetfulness and disorganization
- Inability to focus
- Poor judgment
- Being pessimistic or seeing only the negative side
Behavioral symptoms of stress include:
- Changes in appetite — either not eating or eating too much
- Procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities
- Increased use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes
- Exhibiting more nervous behaviors, such as nail biting, fidgeting, and pacing
Be Open About Your Feelings
Feelings also matter a lot! One of the most important feelings is that of happiness – it is a universal way to measure your quality of life. However, sometimes we are not happy but unhappy, sad, anxious and stressed out! This can take a toll on our body because how we feel eventually affects our physiological state!
Feelings can also point to serious mental conditions such as depression! If this is the case, your doctor will immediately give you a stress leave. This can also serve to prove that your daily life is being affected.
It is important you clearly tell your doctor what stresses you out. This will enable them to determine whether or not these triggers exist in your office – they are most likely too! Hence, once they have enough information about how you feel and what experiences you have, they are in a better position to get you a stress leave.
Clearly State Why You Need PIP
It is important that you convey what you want your doctor to do – in this case it is getting PIP.
Your doctor must be told why you want PIP benefits and how it will improve your basic quality of life.
Listen To What The Doctor Has To Say
Last but not least, listening to the doctor’s advice is quite important. They are in a better position to tell you what to do. In some cases they will immediately help you get PIP. In other situations they will tell you to wait a bit longer because they may need more evidence.
Book Follow Up Appointments
Show your doctor you are serious and are really in need of help by visiting them regularly! They will see the desperation and help you!
This article explained how you hear back from the PIP Tribunal if you win your case. The article also explained what happens if you lose the tribunal hearing and what options you have. Furthermore, the article not only introduced the non-taxable benefit but explained how you can increase your chances of getting it.