DLA SHOCK!!!!!

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DLA SHOCK!!!!!

Postby Adele » Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:06 pm

i sent my DLA renewal forms off on the 16th April.

today i received a letter to say that they had received my form on 18th April.

i was months late putting my forms in and my previous claim ended on 19 April. whoops!

i then opened the 2nd brown envelope.

on the 20th April they made a decision.......i get to keep HRC and HRM for 2 more years!

is that a record or that a record? it seems the 55 extra A4 pages of answers helped.

good luck to everyone who is having a hard time getting an award. it could be your brown envelope day tomorrow.

best wishes, Adele xx
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Re: DLA SHOCK!!!!!

Postby chrisgoneferal » Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:13 pm

well done. My advice to people is to paint the fullest picture possible they are trying to make decisions all day ...help them where you can

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Postby Pinkprincess205 » Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:14 pm

OMg wow thats fab, i hope mines later this year is as quick lol. Hate all the waiting.
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Postby djgs » Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:17 pm

I had my medical on 3rd Feb and have still not received a decision, 12 weeks later, anyone know how long it normally takes?
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Postby suenew54 » Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:18 pm

Brilliant, so pleased, the dreaded brown envelopes ..we all know them.
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Re: DLA SHOCK!!!!!

Postby Adele » Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:23 pm

@ djgs, a decision usually takes approximately 11 weeks from the time you put your forms in. i would imagine it would be the same after a medical, if not quicker. you could try calling them tomorrow, they will tell you if they are waiting for information from a doctor or specialist or if your claim is with a decision maker. if they are waiting for a doctor's report you can then chivvy the doctor along.

good luck, Adele
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Postby *Lisa* » Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:26 pm

:woot: :woot: :woot: :woot:

good for you! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Postby Adele » Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:28 pm

thanks everyone. i thought i'd have weeks to wait and then an appeal. i am so relieved. :-D
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Postby wiscolet » Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:34 pm

They made me wait an agonising eight months of pure hell for a decision :evil: got a letter saying they were casting doubt on my eligibility for dla, cab filled in the NEW form they sent out :cry: but they still needed more evidence so a doc came out and my gp sent a report, i finally rung them up and they couldnt have given a stuff for all the misery and anxiety they had put me through, they just sent a letter the day after stating i was getting the correct amount for the correct lengh of time(indefinately)and now it seems we will have to be re-assesed for the P I P SO MORE MISERY AND STRESS.
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Postby Ldyalb » Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:56 pm

Good to see the system does work properly sometimes :) well done :lol:
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Postby Roseofsharon » Fri Apr 27, 2012 4:59 pm

Well done :D I'm so glad for you Adele. It's good when the system works for one or more of us...
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DLA SHOCK!!!!!

Postby Carlaagnew » Sat Apr 28, 2012 2:21 am

Anyone know what key words they look for in accessing ur claim??? Xo
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DLA SHOCK!!!!!

Postby Mozza » Sat Apr 28, 2012 9:56 am

One major thing is having your gp onside with you and asking for a double appointment to sit in with them while they do your report. On hindsight i'm sure that's what swayed mine. xxm
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Re: DLA SHOCK!!!!!

Postby Adele » Sat Apr 28, 2012 11:34 am

i have been on DLA for years or mental illness but this was my first claim for physical disability. i was awarded this time just for my physical problems. on the form they leave a small box for you to add relevant or extra information. each of my answers would be continued on to several extra pages. explain things in minute detail.

to get lower rate care you must be incapable of cooking a proper meal from scratch. you need to include a lot of reasons why you can't and never be afraid to repeat yourself on the form, it shows consistency.
for middle rate you must show that you need help during the day for things such as organising meds, washing, dressing, preparing snacks and drinks, help with toileting etc.
for higher rate care you need help during the night with toileting, changing position, turning over, meds, rearranging beddings that has fallen off or arranging pillows to support different body parts.
there is a booklet that comes with the form that explains each question and the type of information they require.

they wanted to know which specialists you have seen in the last year. i had seen most of mine before that so i included it as extra information. refer yourself to social services for an OT and social worker assessment and include any letters from them. refer yourself to physio - i included a letter that said i was too ill to be allowed hydrotherapy after an assessment. the more the better.
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Re: DLA SHOCK!!!!!

Postby *Lisa* » Sat Apr 28, 2012 11:43 am

One tip is to always inform your GP of any care needs and how your walking is effected by the pain/fatigue etc and how far you can walk without pain etc etc as i always saw my GP with pain & fatigue and for meds and talk about my mental health and what therapies im having etc but never mentioned the support/care needs and just how bad my mobility is :-|

He knew how bad i was but i didnt go into detail on how much i need support. Now its all logged down so when my renewl is up its all there for him to go by.

Alot of GP's will answer the report with *no record* if you have not expressed the amount of care you need etc. even tho you have come to them in pain and need meds/therapies... i know all :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: in fact thats just made me realise that next time i see him i must stress what care needs i have as iv only spoken about my walking :crazy: :crazy:
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