After suffering from a head injury, you may deal with many unexpected side effects during the healing process. For example, did you know that a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can alter your personality?
Due to these alterations and other issues as you heal, you may find your life interrupted. In fact, many TBI sufferers struggle to return to work even after getting the go-ahead from their doctor.
TBI and impulse control management
Mayo Clinic discusses the impact that TBIs can have on your life. This includes your ability to hold down a job. TBIs impact sufferers in many different ways. You likely struggle with physical, mental and emotional side effects. Each effect has the potential to make reintegration into work-life harder than it should be.
For example, TBI sufferers often struggle with impulse and emotional control. You may also have a lowered tolerance for frustrations and irritations. Unfortunately, the workplace is often full of these little irritants. You could end up prone to temper tantrums and other outbursts. Many TBI sufferers report feeling embarrassed after crying over relatively small issues. Some TBI sufferers lash out at others, too. This creates a big issue if you have to work with customers, clients, co-workers and employers.
Memory loss at work
On top of that, many TBI victims also suffer from memory loss or damage. Do you struggle to retain short term memories? Do you often misplace things or misremember important dates now? This is a nuisance in daily life. But in the workplace, it could end up getting you into serious trouble.
Prioritizing recovery is one of the best ways to ease your transition back into work. This costs money and takes time, though. Thus, you may want to speak to a legal expert about your options for seeking compensation.