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Applying for LOPE

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 07:38 PM

I had a serious Traumatic Brain Injury, five years 6 months ago. After trying to apply for loss of potential earnings I have been waiting for three weeks over the deadline given.

After seeing a Neurologist and a Psychologist who agreed that working full time wasn't what my energy levels would sustain at the moment. However because I had a charming Neuropsychological report done by Philippa Campbell in 2011 the branch psychologist is taking most of the advise from her report, which didn't even assess my fatigue levels.

Wonder if anyone has any run ins with Dr Annie Maillard, and if they thought them to be a fair reviewer, or a one sided acc no stamper?
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Posted 16 July 2013 - 10:33 PM

Your best to get your own independant assessment done... Anything done by P C Tai and colleages when ACC are involved is highly likely to be dodgey, skewed, and not an honest account of your Head Trauma issues. Good Luck... again BEST advice ever is to get your own assessment completed by a high ranked specialist!! Do you suffer with anyother disability related to head trauma? Not prying but is best to get your issues assessed as the problem is you have to get all your issues related to Head Trauma identified and reported, in an Honest assessment and report... by Honest Specialist/s
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Posted 17 July 2013 - 04:20 AM

I don't mind talking about my health, I have had depression added to my list of claims, so I am now being assessed as a mental and physical injury. Also have a few complications with my lung that happened when in drug induced accoma. I am told I have been very lucky so far, so we'll see if that luck holds.
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Posted 17 July 2013 - 01:29 PM

All the best going forward... For some folk head trauma issues can take months to years to push through.. when trying to get a grip back on normality. Don't push yourself to hard.. Fatigue is your norm now. The jigsaw puzzles do slip back one by one of a sorts, and it'l feel like leaps and bounds forward each time, however learning you still have limitations can still be hard. BUT, the best thing is, you are getting stronger every time a jigsaw piece slips back into place.

Depression is a huge part of the 'New Life living with Head Truama issues'.... It is the result of frustration and anger with yourself for dealing everyday and night with limitations physically and mentally. Folk have no choice but to live with the issues of Head Trauma, and learn to work with it to a capacity that can be as variable as ones daily dinners. This part of life can be very hard for the public to understand as the 'head trauma affected' folk can look and appear as normal as anyone' Don't let it beat you.

Keep strong. Find something from your past that you once really enjoyed, music, craft, engineering .... anything, and toy with the idea every now and then. Eventually something will click, a jigsaw puzzle piece will fall into place and a new faze can begin in Recovery....
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Posted 18 July 2013 - 06:02 PM

This is so annoying, haven't the acc realised yet that we will throw a non dodgy report right back at them?

Why not spare us the agonising time trying to suss all this out when this time is much better spent working toward doing as much as you can.

Hang in there and just hope one day a ning nong with apparently a normal brain at acc will realise the pointlessness of these taking us off track bull shite assessments.
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