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Can a brain injury keep you from work?

After suffering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), you have a long road to recovery ahead of you. While many of the worst initial symptoms clear up with time, it can take months or even years before that happens.

Moreover, some symptoms linger for years or a lifetime. For many people, a TBI signals the end of a career, too.

Mental, physical and emotional struggles after TBIs

Mayo Clinic looks into the impact of traumatic brain injuries on your future in the working field. TBIs affect all aspects of your life if they are severe enough. They affect you on a physical, mental and emotional level. For example, you may struggle with memory degradation or troubles with recollections. You could struggle with self control, rashness and impulsiveness. You might have emotional outbursts and could lash out at loved ones or yourself.

You may also suffer from migraines, head pain and sensory disorders. Many TBI sufferers also struggle with their sight. The pain can get so intense for some that it forces patients into bedridden states for days at a time. Needless to say, working under these conditions is hard if not impossible.

A long road to recovery

Recovery from acute symptoms already takes weeks or months. Once recovered, returning to work is no easy task. You may struggle with comprehension and memory. You may not be able to focus on screens, bright lights or fast-moving objects anymore. You might struggle to cope with frustration, leading to breakdowns at work.

This is why many people in your position seek financial compensation. The road to recovery is an expensive one. This way, you can worry less about money and more about your health.