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URGENT ESA ASSESSMENT ON 10TH JAN. PLEASE HELP MANY QUESTIONS
im writing this for the person more or less in his own words as it’s less confusing for responses- ive also added stuff i thought relevant hes asked me to write the following. He urgently needs help SO PLEASE HELP.
I have a medical assessment for ESA next week (JAN 10TH). Long term illnesses, 15 years, first assessment! Appointment has been cancelled once to find an advocate, and cant be cancelled again?
Date also got changed by maximus end for recording purposes. i suffer from alcoholism, severe depression, severe social anxiety/ social phobia/ BDD (body image issues) and paranoia relating to these issues., and obsessive issues. A few years back I was attacked and had to have 3 face operations, one major one/ facial reconstruction. Zygomatic osteomony- a few years ago which worsened his depression and image issues. Because I never go out, and has no support network and no friends or family to help, his room is such a state I didn't want a home visit, which may have been a mistake.
* I didn't want a home visit as my shared accommodation (own room) is Dirty/A mess/extremely small (8x8 feet) that assessors and him and an advocate couldn’t fit. I am was also paranoid that people could hear the conversations, assessors wouldn’t want to come in, and people wouldn't fit- recording equipment sitting down close proximity etc.
There are some questions below to any experts. please help us/him and offer any other tips etc?
1URGENT! NOT SURE REGARDING MY ESA50 FORM: my first ESA form i filled in was a longtime ago 6 years (as was transferred from incapacity benefit) Confusing as recently i had to make a rapid reclaim (a new claim technically linked to the old claim) , and had to have MIND fill out my details over the phone. I didn’t get sent out a form. Maximus have only sent the appointment time. So i don’t even know where i stand in regards to this ESA50 form? SO HAS THE ESA50 form been filled in or not? over the phone? IVE BEEN TOLD I'M AT A GREAT DISADVANTAGE IF I HAVEN'T FILLED IN AN ESA FORM? WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS ???
2 Will the LACK OF HOME VISIT LOSE ME POINTS/FAIL? Can it still be changed? We have been told not (appoint. 10th Jan) will I be penalized for actually going to appointment be penalized for going to appointment? i.e he can go out etc?
3 RECORDING- Do i ask them to test the recorder? what happens if the recorder doesn't work or is not set up etc? CAN I REFUSE? DO I SECRETLY RECORD AS WELL??
4 ADVOCATE/HELPER (NOT PROFESSIONAL) from my doctors is coming along (only met him 3 weeks ago a mice guy): HE IS NOT CLUED UP AND NAIVE regarding assessments (not his vocation) i.e his suggestions are ‘just be honest, cant assume they are trying to trick you etc;’ thinks I'm being paranoid and not to believe all you read on the ‘net, when shown information from these forums.
*I’m worried i might end up fighting him as well as the tribunal i.e they may put pressure on me me or ask trick questions, and he may ‘side with them’, thinking I'm just being awkward due to my issues. i.e may try to persuade /suggest etc. he may mistakenly end up fighting their corner
5 This is the information we have/are collecting:
A summary of my medical problems
B I HAVE MY FULL MEDICAL HISTORY SARS
C DR IS COMPILING A MORE IN-DEPTH MEDICAL REPORT 9day to day issues etc)
D criminal Solicitor report – he got arrested over a (minor) disturbance related to his conditions- judge accepted this
E civil solicitor report- he was put in hostels twice due to vulnerable person type behavior, homeless, not taking care of himself etc
F Photographic evidence of living conditions.
Is it enough, will it help, is there more i need?
does he need to put down his knee problems and hernia problems?
1 full acl ligament rupture, meniscal tear of left knee?
2 Hernia, awaiting operation?
FINALLY CAN ANYONE OFFER ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR THE ABOVE OR ANYTHING ELSE?
OR OFFER ADVICE OF WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE ASSESSMENT?