Working After a Brain Injury
What to Expect Going Back to Work After a Brain Injury
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.
If you have any questions in regards to returning back to work after a brain injury or would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our 24/7 legal team by calling 213-927-3700 or filling out our quick contact form. Our qualified brain injury attorneys are readily available to offer legal assistance.
Requesting for an Accomodation
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.
- Offering 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 duties as previously done, then the employer can remove the accommodation and have them work the same way prior to their injury.
Maintain a Positive Mindset, but Be Realistic
It is important to have a good attitude when you return back to work. Try to:
- Accept others’ constructive criticism.
- Be comfortable with asking others if you need something.
- Use strategic methods to help you enhance your work skills.
When a brain injury victim is headed back to work, instead of worrying about what they will do wrong, they should focus more on how to overcome that wrong. Figuring out ways to approach difficult situations will help them become more organized and efficient when handling work-related duties. Unrealistic expectations will only lead to low self-esteem and disappointment.
Speaking to Your Employer
You do not have to go into detail about your brain injury to your employer, but you should mention information about your health if it puts you or others at risk. Suggestions on how you should communicate with your employer include the following.
- Make sure that you are keeping track of your sick pay entitlement. Do not be afraid to reach out to your employer and ask questions about it either.
- Be open with your employer about limitations you are currently experiencing due to your brain injury. They must be understanding towards your condition and provide you with reasonable accommodations.
Communication With Your Coworkers
It is up to you to decide whether or not to tell your coworkers about your brain injury. Do not feel obligated to mention anything, but it could be beneficial to speak to them about the situation. Informing your coworkers about your condition will help them get an idea on what you are capable of performing and what you may need extra help on. Special arrangements could be made on their behalf to make it more convenient for you to complete your duties.
Consider sharing either full or limited information, it is your choice. You have the right to not inform others about it if they ask.
If you or a loved one were the victim of brain injury due to negligent acts committed by another individual, our skilled brain injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers will help you recover compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
We offer a free, no-obligation consultation at our firm. No fees are paid until your case has been settled. Reach out to our 24/7 legal team by calling 213-927-3700 or filling out our quick contact form.
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