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Workplace accident: When can TBI victims return to work?

British Columbia workers who suffered work-related injuries can typically return to their jobs after recovery. However, when a workplace accident causes traumatic brain injuries, returning to work may not be a given. Each TBI victim faces unique challenges to overcome, depending on the severity and location of the damage to the brain.

The ideal situation is for a TBI victim to return to his or her previous place of employment. The familiar surroundings and existing relationships with colleagues could ease the process of resettling into the work environment. Sadly, this is not necessarily always possible. Brain injuries could affect the victim's energy level, personal interactions and ability to concentrate, which might render the worker unsuitable for a previously held position regardless of the worker's personal motivation.

It is advisable for an employee with acquired traumatic brain injuries to maintain contact with his or her employer during the recovery period. It is also a good idea to keep track and note new restrictions and abilities or disabilities. The circumstances might require vocational rehabilitation and seeking alternative employment. However, returning to the same employer would be the first goal because there might be suitable positions at the same firm that would accommodate the worker's challenges.

British Columbia workers have several laws that protect them throughout the process of returning to work. A lawyer with experience in dealing with cases in which debilitating injuries were suffered in a workplace accident can answer any questions. Furthermore, legal counsel can explain the available options and provide support and guidance throughout ensuing proceedings.

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