Traumatic brain injuries are different from other types of serious accident injuries in a number of ways. Perhaps the biggest different is that a head injury can affect the way you think, the way you act, and how your brain functions – an important consideration for anyone attempting to return to their career and provide for their family in the wake of a slip and fall accident or car accident. Unfortunately, even those with mild head injury may discover that returning to work is extremely difficult, frustrating, and overwhelming – and in some cases may not be possible at all. Below are just some of the problems that a person with a brain injury could confront when trying to re-start their career after a brain injury takes place:
• Memory problems. A large number of those who suffer brain injuries report either long-term or short-term memory problems These issues can affect both an employees ability to recall how to do their duties and harm their ability to learn new tasks.
• Speech problems. If the part of the brain that specializes in language is harmed in an accident, patients can have difficulty understanding speech or speaking themselves. In some cases, patients may have to re-learn language.
• Mobility issues. If a accident victim is fully or partially paralyzed in an accident due to a brain injury, or if they suffer problems with nerve damage or muscle control, a return to work can be made even more difficult, especially if the patient has a physical job.
• Personality changes. Perhaps the most disturbing issue that brain injury victims may face is behavioral issues and personality changes after suffering a head injury in their frontal lobe region. Obviously, these changes can affect your ability to return to work.