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My hearing is tomorrow at 14.30. Last minute questions, tips, advice...
I have my hearing tomorrow for my ESA appeal. Brief history of my claim:
Jan 2015 - applied for ESA
Mar 2015 - placed in support group
Mar 2016 - medical assessment
July 2016 - ESA disallowance. No points scored.
July 2017 - Sent in late Mandatory Reconsideration (it took me this long to complete and send it.)
June 2018 - Received Mandatory Reconsideration Notice (admin error meant it was not looked at until I called them up about it 11 months later.)
July 2018 - Appeal lodged.
November 2018 - Appeal date.
I did set my appeal for paper hearing as I was not comfortable attending. Then it got a letter quite quickly after this saying my appeal was adjourned so I can send in more evidence (which I had requested to do) and also for an oral hearing (which I had not requested). I called up to change back to paper hearing and checked a few times it was a paper hearing. Anyhow, I done research online and found out from reliable source that there was a very low success rate for paper hearings. I was debating whether to change back to an oral hearing but was worried I'd be waiting a long time to get a hearing date.
Then, I received a letter with a oral hearing date set for the month after. I am not sure why it was still set for oral hearing, but I was kind of glad seen as that date was not long to wait and my chances increase if I attend the hearing.
Anyhow, I was initially given 28 days to send in further evidence and I sent wrote about which descriptors my condition would apply to. I sent this in before the deadline. I then wanted access to my GP records and the notes from my psychotherapy sessions. I requested a further month to get these and send them off. I was granted this month. Then not long after I got the letter to say my appeal hearing date had been set.
I have been waiting for my GP records and psychotherapy records. These both came through within the past week. I also wanted to write some more evidence. I also wanted to create an index/overview type thing in order to present my evidence properly and reference to the bundle as necessary. I put this off and off (my OCD makes starting and finishing tasks very difficult). So I have basically just been waiting for the GP records and psychotherapy records.
So the past few days I have been working on writing up this new evidence and tying it all up, referencing relevant areas of gp records, psychotherapy records and other parts of the bundle etc. I was hoping to get this all completed a few days ago and post it or email it all off so I could give the clerks time to process it and I was also hoping the panel could read it before I came in. In all honesty I have been hoping to avoid too many questions as I just do not do well in those type of situations. I done crap in the medical assessment and this is one of the reasons I was disallowed the ESA I suppose. I was hoping all of the evidence I wished to send would be in front of them and had been read and they would not have to ask me too many questions.
Anyhow, it's now 8pm and I am still writing up and finishing off my evidence. I called the clerk today directly. He said I can bring in evidence on the day. He advised me to get in early so the clerk can copy it, process it and put in front of the panel. He also mentioned to me if it was a lot of evidence then the judge may adjourn it. I hope it is not adjourned. I would rather this over and done with if I am honest. And it is quite a bit of evidence if to be fair.
Any advice here with regards to me bringing in evidence on the day?
Also, any advice in general with regards to being successful at the tribunal? Any tips?