If you have been injured in the workplace, then you may have the right to collect workers' compensation to help with your medical bills and recovery expenses, and you might need it for a long period of time. You also have the right to be accommodated when you come back to work, so that disability from your injury does not prevent you from resuming work unless your doctor advises you that this is so. To assert your rights, you need to know what they are, though, and you also need to know what the long-term effects of your injury are likely to be.
There are a number of therapies emerging for those who have suffered brain injuries over the past few years. There are generally three phases of treatment for brain injuries:
- In the short term, doctors focus on the physical trauma and reducing its effects by controlling swelling and bleeding, as well as performing surgical repairs if they become necessary.
- Rehabilitative services are also needed in the medium-term, as many people suffer loss of cognitive, behavioral or physical skills as a result of serious brain injuries.
- Long-term therapy might not be possible for all cases, but rehabilitation can continue as long as it is effective, and coping skills including physical accommodations can help mitigate the long-term effects of the injury.
The fact is, brain injuries do cause permanent changes to the brain, which is why the Mayo Clinic prepared the detailed guide to brain injuries that this information comes from. Understanding this is the key to getting the treatment you need when you have suffered a brain injury.
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires all employers with 15 or more employees to provide reasonable accommodations that allow their employees to perform job duties without barriers that are imposed solely by their disabilities. If you have a brain injury, that can mean accommodations that take those cognitive impairments caused by the injury into account. That might mean any of the following:
- Moving to reassign duties as needed
- Flexibility with scheduling
- Making work areas accessible physically
If you are injured at work
The first thing to do if you are injured at work is to see a doctor and to follow through with the normal steps for filing for workers' compensation. If there are problems, an attorney with experience in this area can help, whether it is through navigating your claim for financial compensation or by helping you access the accommodations you need to return to work.
Contact an attorney right away if you have been injured in the workplace.