I'm partially sighted with bowel problems. I couldn't find anyone to represent me - I have recently moved and CAB don't deal with DLA.
Without wishing to question the obvious, how come you're saying that you got awarded DLA on the basis of needing help to get dressed and showered, but are saying you've not been awarded DLA?
Or do you mean you've got lower rate and think you should have one of the higher rates? In which case the guidance may be very relevant to you.
If you've got to appeal and still be turned down, it may be time to reconsider that you are possibly more able than you think you are.
I should be on mid rate care. I am not more able than they claim I am now - I need help constantly day & night. They have somehow decided that I don't have the issues I do have and told me that wearing pads or nappies solves everything and removes the need for help - it doesn't.
I am now also having problems with my bladder, due to side effects of medication I took months ago.
They not understand any of my disabilities at all. Anyone who knows what nystagmus is will tell you that it does affect one's ability to walk down stairs - they say it doesn't.
They arew horrible sometimes though, they asked my ex's mum, infront of her child (12), how she can manage to change her tampon and explain. =/
I had an okay experience with them though, I sent my form off, had an interveiw/assesment thing, got middle rate care.
Though like ive said, I do have a health team working with me, backing everything up all the way, have had for 6 years.
I am now considering reapplying. I now have the problem of having no such thing as an average day.
My depression is also back and I'm so unpredictable right now.
i have had a motorbike crash on christmas day
my left eyeball was broken in half and i am now more than half blind
waiting on glass eye being installed i think
(other eye has blurry vision and photophobia (excess sensitivity to light)
i have damaged a nerve on the left side of the brain which means i have totally lost hearing on left side as well
the surgeon explained to me that my balance and coordination were bad because of this and i have problems judging speed and depth (crossing a road is like hell and drivers just think im drunk because most of my injuries are not visable on the outside and blast the horn if i cant get out of the way fast enough
i have skull fractures and blinding headaches regularly every time my painkillers wear off
the pain killers are also causing me stomach problems because i have been takin them for 6 weeks now
the sight and hearing loss is permanent and uncurable ,currently living on £66 a week and intend to claim dla after 3months
i cant read or watch tv without headaches and my sense of timing is gone
people tell me i talk slower since the accident and stutter as well
i cant even think properly anymore and it takes me ages to do everything that used to be simple like even reading signs or maps
i am unable to work in this condition but not looking forward to makig a claim for dla after reading about problems other people have who may have even worse problems than i do
is there any point even applying with these injuries or is it jut a waste of time and effort ?
Yes, but get someone from citizens advice to go over the form. People who fill it in themselves without advice tend to not know what they are doing and end up with nothing.