Legal Implications of DOT Physical Examinations for Physicians

Physicians and other medical professionals choosing to perform physical examinations for commercial driver applicants pursuant to the Department of Transportation's (hereinafter, "DOT") regulations have potential liability exposure of which they should be aware. While cases are not often pursued against examiners, practitioners must understand their potential liability and how best to protect themselves. Regardless of the type of case, a medical professional's best defense is to perform the medical examinations within the strict guidelines provided by the DOT and using the best medical practices possible on every case.

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