Returning to work after a serious head injury
If you have had an accident and sustained a serious head or brain injury, one of the last steps you will need to take in your recovery is returning to work again. This can often be one of the most troublesome for many people in their recovery, even though most of the hard part is over by this point.
The reason most people find it hard to get back to work is that they have spent a long time recovering and relearning certain ways of thinking and acting. This can make it difficult for you to return to being the person you were before, and can put you under pressure from your employer or colleagues, whether this pressure is real or imagined.
So that you can take your time recovering from your head injury, it may be worth looking into claiming compensation in Cherwell and seeing whether your accident and injury entitle you to compensation. It is easy to navigate claiming compensation in Cherwell with Accident Advice Helpline.
We have over ten years’ experience with claiming compensation in Cherwell, and can provide you with experienced personal injury lawyers who work on a 100% no win no fee basis to get you the compensation you deserve. Injury lawyers also arrange claiming compensation in Cherwell on your behalf, so you shouldn’t have to face the negligent party in your accident in court, making the process less stressful. Call the helpline on 0800 689 0500 to speak to the team and get advice and support as well as making a start on your claim.
Find out your options
You may have a series of options after a head injury, and after you have taken a long time off work. You may discuss with your employer, family and friends and decide whether you want to:
- Take more time off to recover;
- Return to your old job;
- Return to your old job in a limited capacity;
- Take on a new job at your old company;
- Find a new job with new hours; or
- Start working freelance or in your own business.
All of these options are completely possible after a head injury; it just depends what you feel capable of and what most appeals to you as an option.
How to return to work
If you know that you want to return to your old job, and your employer is happy to take you back, you need to ease back into this as slowly as possible to avoid stressing yourself too much, and to ensure that you can still do the same job that you used to.
- Start back gradually. Ask your employer if they will let you work just a couple of days a week, or only mornings or afternoons, and build up your time as you get more confident.
- Ask to start back on shorter hours or with less responsibility.
- Ask if you are able to take more breaks than you did before.
Date Published: 18th May 2014
Author: David Brown