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Brain injuries can make returning to work confusing, difficult

When many people think of brain injuries, they think about people who played football growing up or professionally, or veterans who have returned from war. It is also important that people understand that brain injuries might also occur from something like a car accident or a slip-and-fall that impacts the head.

Traumatic brain injuries, which includes even mild concussions, effect over 1.5 million Americans each year. That number shows that it isn't just football players and veterans that are suffering from these injuries. Sometimes people might even suffer a brain injury, and feel more embarrassed by their accident than concerned about the extent of their injuries.

However, after a few hours or even days, people might find themselves experiencing more symptoms of their injuries. They might return to work, and find it difficult to concentrate, have unexplainable headaches, or forget important meetings.

These symptoms can then cause issues for a person at their job. They might not be able to take on new projects and might have difficulty explaining their sudden change of abilities at work.

If someone suspects they have suffered from a brain injury, they might want to seek emergency help. Getting medical attention can help a person start the path to recovery, which can sometimes take weeks or months, even for mild injuries. This can also help a person explain the injury to their employer and seek accommodations that might allow them to reduce hours, or seek additional help with their daily work requirements. An experienced personal injury attorney can also help someone seek compensation if their injuries were caused by another person's negligence.

Source:  WBEZ, "Returning to work after a brain injury," Shannon Heffernan, Nov. 25, 2013

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