My husband is 30 years post head injury. He has received DLA mid rate for about 25 years. He was told that this was a life long award due to the extent of his injuries. Now he’s being changed to PIP and has been told he needs to attend an assessment in Brighton. This is 25 miles from where we live and they expect him to arrive by 9am. Obviously this will not be possible and I will contact them to arrange a later time.
The main problem is that he is no longer treated specifically for his head injury, takes no medication for it and his original GP has long since retired. We moved and changed GP practices and his notes seem to have disappeared along the way so the only info our current GP has is from the insurance assessments we hold from the court case 22+ years ago. Copies of these were sent with the completed PIP baking form.
He is fortunate in that he presents quite well, at least on first impression but he cannot sustain this ‘air of normality ‘ for long and struggles with many of the things others find easy. He was unconscious for 7 weeks and his injury was severe but after 30 years he has found ways of coping.
My concern is that the PIP assessors have little training and understanding of serious head injuries and the long term effects and may decide he is not entitled to PIP. How can we be sure the assessor has the necessary knowledge and what are our rights regarding this?
If he loses the PIP it will have devastating consequences for him as it allows him to maintain his independence and dignity.
Any advice would be appreciated