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What are your rights when you return to work after a TBI?

As the victim of a traumatic brain injury in California, you have spent significant time in rehabilitation to help you relearn important skills. You are learning to cope with limitations you may not have experienced before and are doing your best to thrive despite the changes that have occurred. Recently, you have decided to return to work. This time can be both exciting and terrifying at the once. However, when you understand what your rights are, you can be aware of the treatment you should receive to help you be successful in your career. 

According to brainline.org, if you experience significant challenges with day-to-day functions in relation to your TBI, returning to work could be significantly more difficult than someone who has suffered a less-severe TBI. Fortunately, with the right resources at your disposal, you can excel even if you are still recovering. Some of the resources you should have access to include the following:

  • A supportive work environment where you feel safe and appreciated.
  • Access to training to help you strengthen your cognitive function and skills. 
  • Technology that has been designed to supplement areas where you may need additional assistance. 
  • On-the-job training to help you learn about your responsibilities and how to effectively complete them.
  • Access to counselors who can provide support and encouragement as you return to work. 

Studies show that if your employer provides these resources, you will have a much higher chance at excelling in your job and having a successful experience in the workplace. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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