Atos Appeal

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Atos Appeal

Postby janlou » Fri May 03, 2013 6:38 pm

Hi I was wondering if someone on here can tell me how a appeal goes with Atos.....I have mine on 29th May., I have some notes from my GP, what else would help my case. ? This is worring me because I am not well enough to work due to Fibro, and also Osteoarthritis.

I have kept a diary since Nov 2011, would this help?

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Janet :(
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Re: Atos Appeal

Postby fruity72 » Fri May 03, 2013 7:36 pm

The appeal isn't against ATOS its against the DWP, do you have someone to represent you? If not go to your local CAB to ask for help with representation. Usually at the tribunal there will be a judge, doctor and lawyer, its usually just questions and answers. Any extra support letters you can get from GPs, specialists etc may help your case. Hope this helps.

Have a look at this link, it may help you http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/scotland/benefits_s/benefits_sick_or_disabled_people_and_carers_s/employment_and_support_allowance.htm obviously if you are in england you just use the drop down box to england
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Re: Atos Appeal

Postby janlou » Sat May 04, 2013 12:05 pm

Thank you for the link, I will look at speaking to CAB.

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Re: Atos Appeal

Postby PhoebeCat » Sat May 04, 2013 3:26 pm

I am still waiting to get a date for my appeal but in preparation, I asked my doctor if I would be able to get a letter off him when the time came and he told me that he wont do a letter for me but will let them have details/information afterwards when they write to him but are they likely to do that? Surely they will want any letters etc on the day? I can see that when it is time for my appeal, it will be over before it begins because I have nothing to back me up!
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Re: Atos Appeal

Postby anonymouse » Sun May 05, 2013 10:24 am

Can you just confirm is its a "Tribunal" your going too or an "appeal" with DWP? (assuming its not a higher tier tribunal appeal)

I just want to check as advice is probably going to be lengthy and most is specific to your case. Also confirm if its ESA and if you are wanting to get into the "work related activity group" or "support group."

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Re: Atos Appeal

Postby latmaz » Sun May 05, 2013 8:20 pm

i had mine a few weeks ago. there are 2 people there, 1 is a legal person the other is a doctor. unfortunately my 'legal' person was a right cow and wasnt very nice to me at all, i knew i had lost my appeal within 5mins. i had back up letters but that didnt seem to help me much

all u can do is go along tell them the way it is for u. definitely take along your diary and if u have any treatments at all eg private physio etc, ask them to wite a letter for u. my dr said pretty much the same as yours and of course ATOS never wrote and asked him

not sure what else to suggest to u but i do wish u luck
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Re: Atos Appeal

Postby janlou » Sun May 12, 2013 6:39 pm

Its a tribunal at my local court, I have a diary of which I have wrote how I feel and what is going on.I also have copies of all my aappointments with my GP, hospital appointments...I hope this helps me to continue receiving ESA, because at this moment in time I am not fit for work.
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Re: Atos Appeal

Postby Tel1 » Fri May 17, 2013 10:39 pm

Hi There

This is how I dealt with the dreaded ATOS:))) Long story short, always remember that Atos does not award any benefit OK:)))
The basic run down is.... as you know you get the forms from Atos who then assess them... then they send the DWP what they find
from you forms etc etc...and then a decision is made on the information provided..... However before you even get to that stage, what you must or ought to do is when you send the forms back to Atos it is vital that you send every single scrap of evidence of whatever is wrong with you from GPs consultants, social services etc etc.. If you don't have this, then make sure that you get something substantial that gives a 100% picture of how you actually are and that way the Atos company will have a very hard job not to supply the evidence to the DWP...Anyway... MASSIVE long story short a few years ago I had an Atos ( a so called doctor ) come to visit me because my forms were different that what my GP had said....which was a nightmare because I had just moved house and the new GP did not know me, and had only ever seen me once..... The DWP wrote to me to tell me that they were sending someone to see me so that they got the full picture of how I was....another LONG story short, I said to the so called doctor what was wrong with me, and without going into huge details here, he said, Oh That's Nothing!! I knew that when he left he was going to write whatever he liked as don't forget they get paid for every person they get OFF of any benefit: :hit1: which was exactly what he did, and therefore the DWP told me that my benefit would stop :yikes: :yikes: I am only telling you the short version of this, but my GP then wrote the proper facts and letters from the hospital etc etc, and I sent them to the DWP... after this I got a letter from the DWP saying that they were not taking the
Atos report into consideration and they awarded me the benefit.. therefore if you are going to an appeal, or an appeal has been arranged for you, my advice IS.... is to get as much evidence as you can, and with what you say to them with 100% paper evidence I wouldn't have thought you would have too much of a problem... The only reason people get dragged in for an appeal is when there
is conflicting evidence with NHS/Private doctors saying one thing, and the Atos saying another, that is when it gets confusing for the decision maker, so it is always best when you fill out ANY forms to begin with to make sure that you send everything you can with it, and if you haven't got documents to prove your health state, then you must grab everything from GPs Consultants etc, and that way they usually go by what they see first which usually doesn't involve being turned down and then (like yourself ) going to an appeal.
Whatever you do... DON'T worry about it, you WILL be fine, so long AS you have lot of paper back up with you written about your condition and how it affects you. They wont keep you there that long, probably no more than 40 mins... Anyway if you already know all this, then you will know I am right :lol: If you don't know about all this, then I hope it helps you feel more relaxed, there is nothing to worry about ok :goodluck2:
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