Physicals

Discussion in 'Driver Health' started by Liddletrucker, Jan 23, 2008.

  1. Liddletrucker

    Liddletrucker Bobtail Member

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    I am a newbie for the driving industry. I am classified as disabled but I can pass a dot physical, ( no longer disabled) but my question is:

    I have a scar across my chest from a previous surgery. Can the Dr. for the physical ask me what I had done and why? Or is that imposing on my rights? Or does he have the right to ask me that for the future company? To answer your question the scar is from a double lung transplant. I am afraid that if it is brought up, this may disqualify me from future employment. What do you think? Is this a valid concern?
     
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  3. notarps4me

    notarps4me Road Train Member

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    My last physical they asked me have you ever had a surgery.
     
  4. JWinNC

    JWinNC Light Load Member

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    getting ready to start school at community college next Monday. The specific question that was on the form read: "Have you had surgery in the past 5 years?"
     
  5. notarps4me

    notarps4me Road Train Member

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    Companies are more strict. The school wants your money. The company does not want to pay a claim.
     
  6. Liddletrucker

    Liddletrucker Bobtail Member

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    I understand what you all are saying, but can they legally ask you that? Do you legally have to answer the questions about surgeries? Or do we just naturally assume we have too?
     
  7. Cybergal

    Cybergal Road Train Member

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    They can ask if you have had previous operations before.

    Why not just tell them you have?

    I was asked and told them that I had knee surgery before. Nothing came of it.
     
  8. Liddletrucker

    Liddletrucker Bobtail Member

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    I am a red flag for insurance companies...with a transplant.
     
  9. curtislyn

    curtislyn Light Load Member

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    Call a few major trucking companies and see what they say. You don't have to tell them who you are.
     
  10. Liddletrucker

    Liddletrucker Bobtail Member

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    Well, I finally took my physical for school. Wow, just as I expected. Made such an uproar when the Dr. heard transplant. He had to call DOT, call my Dr.s Didn't know if that could keep me from passing and on and on and on. But in the end after many phone calls and such. They finally did pass me. Dr. said my lungs were in better shape than most of his patients that he had. Such a big relief, but it was harry scary for a little while.
     
  11. psanderson

    psanderson Road Train Member

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    Medical officers have the right to ask for this information. It is then up to them if or not they issue a medical certificate.

    From a retired federal DOT official
     
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