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Traumatic Brain Injury - Vocational Rehabilitation

When a person suffering from a traumatic brain injury is considering returning to the workforce the services of a vocational rehabilitation expert should be utilized.

Although there are many challenges related to returning to work, evidence shows that many people can successfully return to work after a brain injury. Using the right guidelines when returning to work following a brain injury can increase the likelihood of success.

In spite of the brain injury, a person that is productive, useful and occupied improves the brain injury they are suffering from.

Considerations when returning to the workplace are:

• Severity of the brain injury.

• Pre-injury and post-injury characteristics including education level, work history and cognitive abilities.

• Complexity of job requirements.

• Environmental factors including workplace and social supports.

When returning to work there are things that can be done to increase a successful return to work including:

• Reduce distractions in the workplace

• Make certain of sufficient lighting

• Reduce clutter

• Limit interruptions

• Divide large assignments into smaller tasks

• Reduce the structure of the job to essential functions

• Make daily to do lists and check them off as they are completed

• Use calendars for meetings and deadlines

• Use electronic organizers

• Schedule meetings with supervisors to check how the work is going

All of these concepts are best accomplished by utilizing vocational rehabilitation. A vocational rehabilitation specialist can:

• Review medical records to ascertain all deficits and difficulties.

• Examine the education level, work history and cognitive abilities of the traumatic brain injury victim.

• Based upon the transferrable skills, interests and cognitive abilities of the brain injury victim look for suitable employment.

• Determine if vocational retraining or further education is necessary.

• Visit the workplace in order to make certain there are safeguards in place to help assure successful employment.

How to obtain vocational rehabilitation services:

• Each state has an agency to help people with disabilities find work.

• If social security disability is being collected the social security administration can help with vocational retraining and work trial programs.

• The Brain Injury Association of America can help with vocational retraining and concepts for the injured victim to return to work.

• Each state has a brain injury association that affiliated with the Brain Injury Association of America that can help.

• If the traumatic brain injury arises out of the workplace then worker's compensation insurance can pay for vocational rehabilitation and retraining.

• If the traumatic brain injury arises out of a personal injury lawsuit then the cost of vocational rehabilitation can be worked into the damages that are being collected by the attorney.

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