Crippen hears about the disabled fighter who sent in the bailiffs

A disabled benefits claimant has successfully sued Atos for negligence and failure of duty of care and then sent in the bailiffs when they failed to pay up, the Disability News Service (DNS) has revealed.

The claimant, known as Rebecca, went to the County Court to ask for compensation because of the two year fight she had to get her PIP reinstated, after it was wrongly stopped following a PIP assessment in 2018.

Fortunately, she had recorded her assessment which was listened to by an appeal panel, who then compared it to the assessor’s account of what had been said. The panel then found in Rebecca’s favour, restoring her entitlement to the enhanced rate of the PIP daily living component until 2023.

Rebecca was so angry at the treatment she had received from Atos that she sued them through the County Court for ‘mental distress, anxiety and hardship’. Atos made no attempt to defend the claim.

The County Court found in Rebecca’s favour and awarded her compensation of eight per cent of the arears and a further £1,000 in damages. The final total was £2,500.

When Atos failed to pay up, Rebecca arranged for enforcement officers to visit their offices in London, resulting in an extra £2,000 in costs to the company, which finally had to pay up.


You can read the full story on the DNS website

Description of cartoon for those using screen reading software

A white male in a grey suit and orange tie is being propelled into the air by a large mechanical boot kicking him up the back-side. He is wearing an ID tag which has ATOS printed upon it. At his feet are numerous failed PIP applications. He is also losing hold of a large sheet of paper which reads ‘County Court Order’. The extended arm of the mechanical boot comes from a large crowd of disabled people who appear to be controlling it. They are saying: “About time that these parasites got a kick up the back-side!”

2 responses to this post.

  1. Seriously most splendid news. I only wish that the settlement damages had been more punitive, and the case more widely publicised. I despise these and all other corporate bullies.


  2. Posted by A6er on 14/03/2021 at 21:23

    Reblogged this on Tory Britain! .


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