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Working After a TBI

It is no secret that traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can turn one’s life upside down. That is true even in cases that, at first, seem “minor.” Concussions are frequently still viewed as less serious head injuries, and some still shake them off as temporary ailments that will not have any long-term consequences. This is a mistake. The brain is so complex that scientists have yet to fully grasp how it all works. Many unanswered questions remain. But what is not in dispute is that all sorts of head injuries can alter virtually any aspect of one’s life.

It is for that reason that, when negligence is at the root of the injury, it is critical for families to consider their legal options. Brain injury lawsuits ensure that, of all the other challenges facing an injured party, finances will be handled. Money is often an additional burden on families in the aftermath of these accidents. For example, if a family breadwinner is injured and unable to work, it may be difficult for a spouse and children to pay bills and time and simply put food on the table.

Far-Reaching TBI Consequences
In fact, WBEZ News filed an interesting story recently that discussed the challenges faced by those seeking to work after suffering a head injury. The article reminds readers that literally millions of Americans are affected annually from TBIs in one way or another–this is not an obscure injury.

Unfortunately, even minor head accidents can leave victims struggling to get back to work and perform at pre-injury levels. A particular danger is that the ramifications of the injury may appear only later and can easily be brushed aside as caused by other factors. For example, many brain injury sufferers find themselves having difficulty concentrating at work, becoming forgetful, or struggling to think through complex problems. Many may not realize that their challenges are rooted in a brain injury.

It is not uncommon for individuals to suffer demotions or lose their job altogether as a result of poor performance connected to the head injury. One study of brain injury victims found that their incomes, on average, were cut in half following the accident.

In some cases they may never realize that their work problems are rooted in actual injury to their brain. For this reason, doctors always recommend seeking medical help after a hard head contact, even if one remains conscious and thinks that they are fine. Tests can be performed which actually show whether harm was done and may prove critical in getting help down the road.

In addition, with actual medical verification, individuals may be able to get accommodations at work to help with recovery. Shorter work hours and slight alterations to tasks can go a long way to allow the brain to rest and recover. However, that is not to say that getting work accommodations are easy. Many admit that, because the injury is internal, some employers balk and making concessions to account for the harm.

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