Once an individual recovers from a brain injury, they will have the urge to go back to work. However, the side effects of a brain injury could change the individual’s work ethic and make them approach their job position differently. One of the most common problems with victims of brain injury is that they return to work too soon. They are not fully aware of the effects of their brain injury and how it may impact their work performance.
This is why it is best to check with a medical expert and get their opinion on whether or not you should go back to work. If you get the approval, but you do not feel fully confident in your work skills, you may request for reasonable accommodations until you get back to that level.
In circumstances like this, it is expected for the company to make accommodations for the individual to give them an easier time while doing their job. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) the employer is required to make reasonable adjustments to the work environment for a disabled employee.
An employer could provide various accommodations for an employee, which include:
- Offering more breaks.
- Providing a different position in the firm.
- Offering less work to do.
- Allowing the employee to gradually come back to work.
- Offer less hours.
It is suggested for the employee to keep the employer updated on their health status so the employer has an idea on how to make adjustments to their reasonable accommodations. If the employee is fully recovered and capable of performing their work duties as previously done, then the employer can remove the accommodation and have them work the same way prior to their injury.