Returning To Work After Worker Comp Injury

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Mary M.'s Comment
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I had a fall 1 year ago and shattered my left wrist (fortunately I am right hand dominant). I just got the ok from my doctor to return to full duty, and he ordered a Fuctional Capacity Evaluation. My company wants me to take the DOT physical before the FCE. Truthfully I have some concerns...for the last 3 months I've been performing light duty with restrictions that I was not allowed to perform any task involving my left hand. I lost some range of motion and still have some nerve damage from the break, but I can grip pretty well. But my strength isn't there yet as I haven't been using that hand for a year. I'm worried that I may not pass the physical part of the test by lifting 65 lbs over my head or dragging a sled. I've heard that failing any part of the physical downgrades my cdl to non-cdl status. I feel that I should have the FCE first, because it will determine if I am able to perform the job. Is there anyone familiar with the FCE and if so, if it's determined I can't physically perform the job does that negate my cdl as well? Will I get a chance to work my muscle back into shape?

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Rob T.'s Comment
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I think you're mistaken on what the DOT Physical was. The DOT physical is where they go over medical history, test urine and check blood pressure. What you've described regarding lifting 65 pounds above your head is likely a physical the company put you through at orientation.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Kevin K.'s Comment
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In order to prepare for my company's orientation physical, I purchased 80 lbs. of hand weights from a sporting goods store, put them in a milk crate, and practiced lifting it. When the day came I knew I was ready.

Try to mimic the physical as much as possible on your own time. Have a friend spot you if you're worried. Be safe and good luck.

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