When Return to Work Isn’t Possible After a TBI in Illinois

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) can have a profound impact on an individual’s life, affecting their cognitive abilities, physical functions, and emotional well-being. In some cases, the severity of a TBI may prevent a person from returning to work, leading to significant financial and personal challenges. This article will explore the implications of being unable to return to work after a TBI in Illinois and the options available for those facing this difficult situation.

The Impact of a TBI on Work Ability

Traumatic Brain Injuries can result in a wide range of symptoms that may hinder a person’s ability to perform their job duties effectively. These symptoms may include:

  • Cognitive difficulties: Memory loss, decreased concentration, and problems with decision-making and problem-solving.
  • Physical limitations: Weakness, paralysis, or coordination issues that may affect mobility and the ability to perform manual tasks.
  • Emotional and behavioral changes: Mood swings, depression, anxiety, and impulsivity that can impact interpersonal relationships and professional conduct.

The severity and duration of these symptoms can vary greatly from person to person, making it challenging to predict whether an individual will be able to return to work after a TBI.

Assessing Work Capacity After a TBI

Determining whether a person can return to work after a TBI often requires a comprehensive evaluation by medical professionals and vocational experts. This assessment may include:

  • Medical evaluations: Neurological examinations, cognitive assessments, and functional capacity evaluations to determine the extent of the individual’s impairments.
  • Vocational assessments: Evaluations of the person’s job duties, work environment, and the accommodations that may be necessary for them to perform their role successfully.
  • Collaboration with employers: Discussions with the individual’s employer to explore potential accommodations or modifications to their job duties that may enable them to return to work.

If the assessment concludes that the individual is unable to return to their pre-injury job or any other suitable employment, they may need to explore alternative options for financial support.

Financial Support Options

When a person is unable to return to work after a TBI in Illinois, they may be eligible for various forms of financial support, including:

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI): A federal program that provides monthly benefits to individuals who have worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes but are now unable to engage in substantial gainful activity due to a disability.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI): A federal program that provides financial assistance to individuals with limited income and resources who are disabled, blind, or aged 65 or older.
  • Illinois Workers’ Compensation: If the TBI occurred as a result of a work-related accident, the individual might be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, which can include medical expenses, temporary total disability benefits, and permanent disability benefits.
  • Personal Injury Lawsuits: If the TBI was caused by another party’s negligence, the individual might be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.

Coping with the Emotional Impact

Being unable to return to work after a TBI can have a significant emotional impact on an individual and their loved ones. It is essential to seek support from family, friends, and mental health professionals to help cope with the challenges and adjustments that come with this life-changing event. Support groups and organizations dedicated to assisting individuals with TBIs can also provide valuable resources and a sense of community during this difficult time.

If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI and are unsure about your ability to return to work, contact Monge & Associates for more information and guidance on navigating this difficult situation. Our experienced attorneys are here to help you understand your rights and explore the best path forward.

We have 32 offices in 19 states including Illinois, Iowa, and Ohio. Call now for a free consultation on (888) 477-0597.