Getting a traumatic brain injury can significantly impact your life. Serious brain trauma can affect your ability to work. Your memory, cognitive abilities, mobility, emotions and communication may become impaired temporarily or permanently. Due to these potential consequences, you may be unable to return to your job for a certain period of time.
You might be living paycheck to paycheck and wondering how you are going to make it through this process while missing work. Read below for more information on how a TBI can affect your employment opportunities.
1. Communication problems
If your verbal skills are suffering, you may not be able to effectively communicate with coworkers or customers. Not only could you have difficulty finding the right words to say, but you could also have a problem making sense of what other people say.
2. Memory issues
A TBI may impair your memory and processing skills. This is a problem for daily work, especially when it comes to short-term memory. You might experience difficulty remembering names, faces or recent conversations. It may be hard to learn new skills or remember new material.
3. Visual-perceptive impairments
Brain trauma can make it difficult to make sense of shapes and pictures, find your direction around buildings or construct objects. You may also have trouble recognizing objects. All of these impairments may affect your ability to work at particular jobs.
4. Reduced mobility
Your movements may become slower, and you may have trouble balancing. Depending on the severity of your mobility impairment, you might need a wheelchair. Significant coordination or balance issues may require a wheelchair even if you can walk short distances.
5. Executive dysfunction
Your TBI may affect several of your executive functioning abilities. This includes planning, flexible thinking, multitasking, self-awareness, learning, problem-solving, motivation, concentration and organization.
If you miss work because of your TBI, you may be able to recover lost income through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.