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Are you able to return to work following a TBI?

If you suffer from a traumatic brain injury, you may be dealing with a wide-range of symptoms that can affect many areas of your life. You may find it difficult to concentrate, remember things, communicate with others, reason, problem-solve and schedule appointments. Furthermore, you may experience physical and psychological limitations, such as muscle weakness, fatigue, vision and auditory problems, depression, anxiety, and impulsivity. All of these things may affect your ability to return to work, or at least the position you held prior to being diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury.

When you do return to work, you may not be able to perform all of the tasks that you once did. Some employers will make changes to accommodate your limitations. Yet, you may be able to facilitate your transition back to work by incorporating the following:

  •          Take frequent rest breaks throughout your shift
  •          Take on less responsibilities when you first return
  •          Start by working shorter shifts then gradually increase to longer shifts
  •          Communicate your needs with your employer

Keep in mind that your employer cannot read your mind. If you are having trouble accomplishing something, be sure to voice it to your manager. You may also want to meet with a rehabilitation specialist, including vocational, speech and occupational specialists. This will increase your chances of regaining all or some of the abilities you have lost and may maximize the likelihood that you will fully recover from your traumatic brain injury.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.

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