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Can you go back to work with a traumatic brain injury?

On Behalf of | Nov 25, 2020 | Brain Injury |

One of the major questions people ask after a traumatic brain injury is if they’ll be able to return to work. The answer is dependent on many factors, such as how the individual was hurt or if they’ve been able to fully recover. 

For those who have suffered moderate or severe traumatic brain injuries, the likelihood is that they will not be able to return to work in the same capacity as before the accident. That’s why it’s important for them to seek workers’ compensation for TBIs caused by workplace incidents. 

If you want to return to work, there are a few ways to do so

If you do decide to return to work with a brain injury, then there are a few ways that you may be able to do so. Some options might include:

  • Returning with fewer hours, which may help with fatigue or difficulties with attention, communication or memory
  • Changing positions to something easier with the new TBI
  • Taking on a smaller workload
  • Returning gradually, such as by starting with part-time work one day a week and then working up to part-time work each day

Once you start to come back to work, be clear with your employer about how you’re doing. Both of you will need to determine if further adaptations need to be made or if going back to work isn’t really right for you yet. 

If you’re not yet ready to return, your workers’ compensation coverage should include vocational rehabilitation, which will help you find jobs more suited to your current health and any disabilities you have. Your attorney can help you verify that you have access to the rehabilitation services you need and assist you with your workers’ compensation claim.