Refused dla :(

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Refused dla :(

Postby Aneary » Fri Jan 04, 2013 2:09 pm

Hi wondering if anyone can help me?

I have been refused dla and really confused, for example, I stated in my form I can walk about 25 metres on a good day but still in pain yet one of the reasons states
You can walk over 50 metres

I don't understand as there are lots of things I have put on the form that they have said I can do when I have clearly said I can't??

Feel really in over my head and really down about it please advice would be fantastic as I could really do with some help

Thanks
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Re: Refused dla :(

Postby denys » Fri Jan 04, 2013 3:12 pm

Ring them and tell them you are going to appeal and point out the areas that they have contradicted your evidence, get some help form the likes of CAB, DIAL or welfare rights. Try to get a letter from your doc backing your claim for DLA and/or from other consultants etc that you are under :fingerscrossed: you get a positive outcome
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Re: Refused dla :(

Postby Dianeb » Fri Jan 04, 2013 3:31 pm

I've just had the same, they have completely disregarded the information I provided, my carer provided and my GP provided. As Denys said, fight fight fight. And good luck x
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Re: Refused dla :(

Postby Butters30 » Fri Jan 04, 2013 3:38 pm

I had the same issue because i didn't understand the question properly because it says "extreme pain" which for me is 300 meters maybe? but i am in PAIN ALLLLL the time! I went to the CAB and they wrote a letter saying i mis understood the q and that i am in constant pain so it's a stupid question for me to answer. They are reviewing now so fingers crossed.

CAB said that as soon as i can say i can walk anywhere they refuse it
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Refused dla :(

Postby Aneary » Fri Jan 04, 2013 4:26 pm

Thanks for the advice so in guessing cab is best option? I don't understand why they make it so hard I've always worked and never claimed for anything yet the moment I need help feels like I'm asking for the world :(
It's so frustrating not been able to say look here's what wrong as I guess from the outside I look fine :(

Thanks everyone

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Re: Refused dla :(

Postby Dianeb » Fri Jan 04, 2013 4:30 pm

I know just how you are feeling and send you ((gentle hugs))

I use Welfare Rights rather than CAB and I believe they are the preference if available in your area.

I was also told it's irrelevant how much pain you are in as pain doesn't equal severe discomfort!!! Don't know quite was the difference is but there you go. All I know is after a few steps I am in agony.

Good luck with your appeal and keep fighting.

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Refused dla :(

Postby Aneary » Fri Jan 04, 2013 4:37 pm

Hi di
Just been reading your posts and sounds like your having exactly the same problem, why is it that we are "tricked" into giving answers anyone would think we asked to be ill

It makes me sick to be honest if you have a gp letter then I can't see why they argue it? I have countless records of hospital admissions etc but still not good enough we really should have to "prove" anything having fibro causes much distress anyway without all this
:(

Hugs to you keep fighting and keep posted hopefully we will get a positive outcome
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Re: Refused dla :(

Postby Dianeb » Fri Jan 04, 2013 4:51 pm

Just bear in mind the severe discomfort has to be brought on by the act of walking. In other words, or so it was explained to me, if walking didn't cause me any more pain than I already have I wouldn't meet the criteria. But as my pain (or discomfort!!) is made so much worse by the act of walking I should qualify. So you do need to make it clear how much impact walking has on you.

Hope that helps
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Refused dla :(

Postby Aneary » Fri Jan 04, 2013 5:00 pm

Thank you very much :)

Hope all goes well with you

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Re: Refused dla :(

Postby jamieww » Fri Jan 04, 2013 5:46 pm

Hi,
Make sure you ask for a reconsideration first before mentioning an appeal,
Ask for a copy of the documents used to come to their decision
Answer all points that you disagree with on the decision letter, stating your reasons for disagreeing for each response, in as much detail as possible.
Once they have reconsidered your decision, if your still not happy then tell them your going to appeal, and get in touch with cab or welfare rights. Get as much supporting letters as possible. doctors, careers, occupational therapist, physio and specialists,,, all will be needed...

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Re: Refused dla :(

Postby Dianeb » Fri Jan 04, 2013 5:48 pm

I was advised it delays things if you ask for a reconsideration before appeal. The reason for this is that when an appeal is lodged they have to reconsider anyway. Not sure how much truth there is in that but that is the advise of my Welfare Rights advisor. There is no benefit in asking for a reconsideration followed by appeal as it just delays the process. My appeal was lodged on 19/12/12 and they are still 'reconsidering'

Edited cause my spelling was appalling!
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Re: Refused dla :(

Postby Treece » Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:24 pm

if you feel you have to do something right now... as for a reconsideration ... this gives you more thinking time. Say that you feel fresh eyes might see the situation differently as you KNOW you need help and you KNOW you cannot walk more than a few steps without extreme pain. They then have time to reconsider.

Good luck and do appeal if they stick to their guns.

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Re: Refused dla :(

Postby isitme » Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:07 pm

diane i had that in my first ever claim.

they rang me and caught me out askig me about my pain - i stupidly said i am in pain before i even set off = but didn't say it makes it worse. so i have been fighting for mobility ever since and only got lrc. 2 years now.
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