DDOT driver struggles after attack on the job

(WXYZ) - A DDOT driver is getting his vision back months after being attacked on the job.

Now, he says he's fighting a new battle with the city as he struggles to overcome post traumatic stress.

The healing process for Damond Jackson is a slow go after being attacked on the job.

He remembers the horrible day like it was yesterday. On November 3, 2013, someone threw an unknown liquid in his eyes then took off. Passengers came to his aid and called 911.

Since then, Damond Jackson says "I don't have a place to stay. Hopping from house to house. I just got a letter this past Friday that they're terminating my benefits, as of February 2014. I'm still far behind on bills, they keep piling up. Just trying to make ends meet each day, is still hard."

The city paid for Damond to get a psych evaluation. A doctor chosen by the city found he has post traumatic stress.

He has flashbacks, trouble sleeping, and a need for therapy.

Damond says his insurance leaves something to be desired-- it's called Sick and Accident.

William Williams, vice president for the DDOT drivers union says "S and A benefits are a partial payment. About 60% of what you would normally earn in your wages. It's designed for injuries that occurred outside of the job. His injuries should be classified as an occupational injury. He was injured while performing duties for the City of Detroit."

The city tells 7 Action News that Damond can still get his health care through long term disability.

Williams says long term disability is 60 percent of normal bring home.

If the city were to classify Damond as having an occupational injury he'd get 85% and Williams says "his injury would be covered totally under occupational injury."

Now, the city has taken steps to make buses safer.

"I applaud the city on their effort to get transit police and cameras on the bus and the city has done everything in their power to get that done" says Williams.

But for Damond, the chance to drive again simply won't happen until a doctor will clear him to return to work.

"Right now I'm worrying about my health, before anything," says Jackson.  

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