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WCA exceptional circumstances

Even if the Department for Work and Pensions decision maker decides that you do not pass the limited capability for work assessment, they can still treat you as having passed it if one of the following ‘exceptional circumstances’ applies:

  1. You are suffering from a life threatening disease, for which there is medical evidence that it is uncontrollable or uncontrolled by a recognised therapeutic procedure (and in the latter case, there is a reasonable cause for this).

  2. You suffer from some specific disease or bodily or mental disablement and because of that there would be a substantial risk to the mental or physical health of any person if you were found not to have a limited capability for work. This risk should be linked to work you could realistically do according to your education or skills. This circumstance will not apply to you if the risk could be significantly reduced by making reasonable adjustments to your workplace or by you taking medication as prescribed.
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