Bad Idea To Claim State Disability Benefits For A Psych Injury?

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Eddie F.'s Comment
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Hi folks,

I am at present driving a small bus for a social service agency close to home. Because of three near-collisions in the bus yard between buses and people on foot, I took myself off work on 30 days of "stress leave". The company asked that I get a psychologist to sign me off for the leave, and I did so.

(I should mention that the three near collisions were NOT due to mental lapses ("brain farts") on the drivers' parts, but due to their bad attitude - they would see a person standing clear on the opposite side of the yard, yet drive towards him, and stop very close to him, as if he wasn't even there.)

The question now is: should I also claim State Disability Insurance benefits? If I do so, I fear that would become available information to prospective employers, and ruin or greatly damage my driving career. Also: some "over-eager beaver" in the SDI office could even report me to the DMV , who could demand that I be re-examined - or even suspend my license as a "nut case", or something similar. For that reason, I have held off on filing for SDI benefits.

Please give me your thoughts on this question. Thanks very much.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Jan P.'s Comment
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Doesn't it take 6 weeks for any government benefits to kick in so if your only taking 30 days so call it a vacation or sabbatical maybe and just get back to work in a month?

Eddie F.'s Comment
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Thank you, Jan. You're right that it takes a long time for the government checks to start coming in. It's just that I could still claim them for a few weeks, after the delay ends.

The subject of someone (anyone) snitching to DMV's Driver Safety department is pretty common practice - I have heard that divorcing spouses (both CDL drivers) report each other to DMV out of spite. I just don't want this situation to bite me in the butt, if possible. Thanks again,

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I'm still stuck on the "I went out on stress for other people almost having accidents not on the road...but in the bus yard....and it wasn't involving me.".

This happens everyday OTR... So maybe you need a longer break from driving.

As for the state disability, future employers, I'm sure they don't need that...they only need ask your current employer about time off. And the person snitching to the DMV could be the one who analyzed you and gave you the note. Doctors suspended my sisters license when she first got diagnosed for epilepsy.

Just like with driving....when in doubt, don't do it. If you are truly concerned about this, don't do it.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Han Solo Cup (aka, Pablo)'s Comment
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I'm with Rainy here... you went out on "stress" leave because you saw other people driving poorly? Dude, truck driving is so not going to be for you. You're going to see that on a daily basis on the road. It sounds to me like you just wanted some paid time off. What you should have been doing was a) reporting those drivers and b) stick around as an example of how to drive properly.

I have typed and erased so much more to this reply multiple times... I'm just flabbergasted that someone could become stressed out by what they perceive to be poor driving by someone else.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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