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Can a person work after suffering a brain injury?

If you are like most Americans, you rely on the income from your job to pay the bills. Have you ever thought of how your life would change if you were unable to work because you suffered from a brain injury that affected how you are able to function? If not, you might find that the thought is rather frightening. Fortunately, there are some accommodations that can be made to make it easier for a person who suffered a brain injury to be able to work.

What is the purpose of accommodations?

Accommodations in the workplace can make it possible for a person who suffered a traumatic brain injury to return to work and remain productive. The exact accommodations that will help a person depend on the effects of the TBI. For this reason, it is important to learn about the challenges that the TBI victim has while working.

What are some types of accommodations that might be helpful?

In some cases, simply moving the worker to an area that is quieter will help if concentration is the issue. Keeping clutter to a minimum, providing simplified instructions, making to-do lists and offering checklists might all be useful. If gross motor impairment is an issue, providing a modified workstation that can accommodate a wheelchair or scooter, offering accessible parking and ensuring doors are accessible can all help the worker.

For people who have suffered a TBI, going back to work might take considerable time because of the required healing period. During that time, seeking compensation might help to alleviate some of the financial strain.

Source: Brainline.org, "Job Accommodations for People with Brain Injuries," accessed May 26, 2016

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