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I Won The PIP Tribunal Hearing – How Long Till Payback? (A Guide)

This article will take a look at I Won The PIP Tribunal Hearing – How Long Till Payback? The article will also explain what happens if someone does not win the hearing. Furthermore the article will explain what may happen before or during your case is being reviewed. Finally, some discussion will overshadow what the PIP is.

I Won The PIP Tribunal Hearing – How Long Till Payback?

If you win the appeal then the Department for Work and Pension will send you the official notice in a couple of weeks through mail. As before, you will start receiving your pay again every four weeks on a specific date. If that date falls on a bank holiday then you will be paid before. 

It is also important to note that the DWP will ensure you are paid everything you were supposed to be paid after you made your claim. It usually takes 4 to 6 weeks for this amount to come through.

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.

Let us also take a look at how you can ask the DWP to review your case!

What Is Mandatory Reconsideration And Where Does It Apply?

Mandatory reconsideration refers to when you disagree with the decision over your Personal Independence Pay made by the Department for Work and Pension. 

This usually occurs because of the following reasons:

  • You strongly believe that the decision makers missed out important information or made a significant error that affected the decision with regards to your PIP benefits.
  • You disagree with the decision because of the reasoning behind it.
  • You want to have the decision looked at again.

In the above cases, you are legally allowed to file for mandatory reconsideration. However, it must be noted that the mandatory reconsideration can be done only within a month of the decision reaching you or being made.

Mandatory reconsideration applies to the following areas:

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Bereavement Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Carer’s Credit
  • child maintenance (sometimes known as ‘child support’)
  • Compensation Recovery Scheme (including NHS recovery claims)
  • Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Funeral Expenses Payment
  • Income Support
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Maternity Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Sure Start Maternity Grant
  • Universal Credit (including advance payments)
  • Winter Fuel Payment

However, there are some conditions or areas where it does not apply that include Child Benefit, Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare, Guardian’s Allowance, tax credits, Housing Benefit and Vaccine Damage Payment – these involve a different process.

How To Ask For Mandatory Reconsideration?

Contact the benefits office that gave you the decision. You can contact them:

  • by phone
  • by letter
  • by filling in and returning a form
  • The contact details are on your decision letter.

You need to ask for mandatory reconsideration within one month of the date on your decision letter. If you’re writing, the letter or form must arrive by then.

If you do not have your decision letter, contact the office where you applied for the benefit.

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
  • Headaches
  • Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea
  • Aches, pains, and tense muscles
  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
  • Insomnia
  • 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.

Highlight Triggers

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!

Conclusion

This article took a look at how long you have to wait to get your PIP benefits after you win the tribunal hearing with regards to your case. It also highlighted what happens if you lose the hearing and what may happen before it. The article also mentioned what mandatory reconsideration is and how you can ensure you get PIP benefits.

References

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/sick-or-disabled-people-and-carers/pip/appeals/your-hearing/

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