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Driving: Does your doctor tell you if they report your seizures to take your licence?

Hi,

I don't have a drivers licence. I am wondering if the doctor reported me anyway? They ask if I have a licence and when I say no, it's always 'ohhh'.

The reason I am asking is because I don't want to have a record BEFORE I even get a licence!

Will the doctor TELL you if they reported you? Or do they just quietly report you? Will they report you if you don't even have a licence?

Thanks!

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Re: Driving: Does your doctor tell you ?

I sincerely doubt it if you don't even have a driver's license.  And of he does eventually report you, it is his moral obligation as your doctor to tell you.    Phylis Feiner Johnson   www.epilepsytalk.com

Does your doctor tell you

My Dr. told me that it is my responsibility to report myself to the DLD (Drivers License Division) which totally sucks cause I have my CDL but I would rather not drive then to accidentally kill someone over something that I can not control. However my DR. also told me that if I go 2 appointments without reporting this to the DLD then he would do it and would report each one after that as well. I think its a moral obligation to the patient to do it and also to the DR. I don't think its a law for the DR to but I would hate to have my sons killed by someone that could not control their seizure and decided to drive It would be very tragic to my family and to theirs!!!

Take care.

Re: Hope this helps

Hi,

 In some states it is mandatory that your Dr. reports any seizures to your States DMV. What you can do is contact your states dmv and they will be able to tell you if the have reporting requirements. If you do have a seizure you will not be able to drive for 3 months.

Re: Hope this helps

In NJ and PA a Doctor must report if a seizure presents itself. In my case I had a grand mal and had a nasty bite on my tongue which was treated with antibiotics.

Based on that evidence hmy GP told me he was reporting me to DVM - no choice. He did state that I had awareness before the episode,(cut me some slack)  so DMV was ok the first time. I am currently being seen by a Neurologist and he reports to my GP whether I am "stable" or not. My GP has taken the responsibility to write intrim reports to DVM for a period of two years which is mandatory.

It's nerve racking, but I have no choice being the bread winner. I do what I have to do, but am careful volunteering too much information to my Neuro. and GP. This is where I see the problem. If the results are a loss of license, people may not report seizures as they should (being totally truthful). As a result you run the risk of personal liability if something bad happens and it is found out that you withheld symptoms.

it's a fine line to walk. However, States should be more accomodating to allow people to come forward and get the proper treatment.

My state's driving

In my state (NC), my doctor said by law they (the hospital) are suppose to report. However, I've been to the ER several times this year and DMV has not been notified.  The Dr. also said I'm suppose to be 6 months seziure-free before driving.  My husband and I have restricted my driving ourselves.

Re: Driving: Does your doctor tell you?

Hi everyone,

Thanks for all the input, it's much appreciated. I guess my situation is a wee little different?

Cos I don't even have a driving licence to start with! I am just not toooo thrilled that I might have a record before I even decide to get a licence.

I understand if they report me because I have a valid licence, but what happens to people who are of driving age, but aren't legally allowed to because they have no licence?

I gather from the answers that you'd KNOW if you were reported by the doc/hosp etc?

Argh!

Re: Driving: Does your doctor tell you?

Hi Snowoman,

You don't even have a driver's license?  I contacted the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California about this issue.  I was told that it depends on the doctor.  If someone get a license after having had a seizure, and the DMV isn't aware of it, that doctor would be held accountable if you had a seizure while driving.   Still, they claim that it is extremely rare.  In CA, the law requires them to report every seizure to the DMV, but usually not when you don't have a license.  I'm sorry that this has happend to you.  I lost my license in the early 90's do to uncontrolled seizures.  I left a voicemail message for my neurologist to find out if I'm still being reported after every seizure.   Try to have a good holiday.  God Bless you,

tcameron

Re: Driving: Does your doctor tell you if ...

I asked my Neurologist because I did not know if the hospital reported me since I just had my first (grand mal) seizure a month ago.  It is based by state, but in Minnesota it is NOT required to report to the DMV.  He said the doctors won't report you and it is 'your responsiblity' to report and based on an honor system.  However, it is not against the law to not report.  The only time it becomes an issue is if you get into an accident, the first thing lawyers (and probably insurance as well) will do is look at your health record, in which case you will be slammed with fines and whatever they do if you shouldn't be driving.  I haven't reported myself, but I have also pretty much stopped driving for now (drove twice in the last month, both times very short distances). 

 Like I said, it depends on the state you're in, but I am guessing if you don't have a license to begin with they won't report it, but it will be on your medical history. 

Re: Does your doctor tell you if they report your seizures?

It depends on what state you live in.  Wisconsin and Minnesota don't require the doctors to report it to the DMV, however most states require the patient to report any changes in medical conditions especially ones that can affect driving. I know that in Minnesota you cannot drive until 6 months after your last seizure and it's 3 months in Wisconsin. I hear they do prosecute severly if you have epilepsy and you are driving when you are not supposed to and you get into a car accident.

Re: Driving:

I think it really depends on the state, or country for that matter. I live in US now but I am originally from Romania, and for example in my country the doctors are not obliged to report you, at least from what I know. But when you drive you should have a card next to your driving license telling that you have seizures, so that in case of an accident they know immediately what to do. Same goes for example for people wo wear contact lenses. I used to work as a delivery agent for a Baneasa airport rental, which means driving a car a lot and my company didn't have a problem with that, as long as I kept my appointments with the doctor and took medicine. Plus most of the time you deliver a car with a second driver who takes you back to the office, so I was safe on that side.

Driving: Does your doctor tell you if they report your seizures

It depends on the country and state.  Her in the U.S., there are 6 states which require doctors to report every seizure to the DMV.  This makes it more likely that patients will lie to their doctors out of fear of losing their driver's license.  The rest of the U.S. allow the doctor to determine whether or not to report a seizure to the DMV.  As a result, patients will be more honest with their doctors, and receive the best care possible.

If you're not reporting all your seizures to your doctor, she'll probably think your AED are working and not make any changes.  It could be something as simple as changing the dose of the AED, or it could be something much more complicated.  Make sure to bring in a report of all your seizures to each appointment.  It will be helpful to ask whether or not to wait until the next appointment, or if she needs a phone call after each seizure.

 

Does your doctor tell you if they report your seizures

Snowwoman,

My epileptologist's nurse told me that they don't report every seizure.   We live in CA, one of the 6 states that require doctors to report the seizures to the Dept. of Public Health, which turns it over to the DMV.  There is a possibility that your doctor assumed you were already driving.  I would contact him and chew him out.  Not that it would you help much, since the DMV has this info, but he might stop reporting your seizures.  Also, it might help other patients he "assumes" already are driving.

Try to have a Happy Holy Week,

Does your doctor tell you if they report your seizures

Snowwoman,

My epileptologist's nurse told me that they don't report every seizure.   We live in CA, one of the 6 states that require doctors to report the seizures to the Dept. of Public Health, which turns it over to the DMV.  There is a possibility that your doctor assumed you were already driving.  I would contact him and chew him out.  Not that it would you help much, since the DMV has this info, but he might stop reporting your seizures.  Also, it might help other patients he "assumes" already are driving.

Try to have a Happy Holy Week,