Returning to work with a traumatic brain injury
Brain injuries occur in a wide-range of industries throughout the United States. In fact, traumatic brain injuries are a major contributor to workplace disability and death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While they are more prominent in warehouse, construction and driving careers, traumatic brain injuries
can occur in almost any setting, including offices and retail stores. Slip-and-fall incidents or accidents where employees are hit by falling objects can lead to traumatic brain injuries, which can vary from mild to moderate or severe. Some workers may require a certain amount of time off in order to recover from their injury. However, studies show that some people aren’t able to return to work after a brain injury. Some people who are able to go back to work may not be able to work in the same position they did prior to becoming injured.
Brain injuries have the potential of causing many different impairments, including sensory deficiencies, cognitive impairments, trouble sleeping and physical limitations. People who suffer from brain injuries may be unable to concentrate, make decisions or stay organized. They may experience tingling in their extremities, have muscle spasms or suffer from debilitating pain. Brain injuries may also affect a person’s ability to speak, read, hear or communicate with others.
All of these problems can affect a person’s ability to work. While some employers strive to make accommodations for employees who experience these problems, others do not. People may have to return to work performing another job, as they are unable to continue their former work.