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Accommodations that might help you cope with a brain injury

On Behalf of | Dec 19, 2019 | Personal Injury

Living with a brain injury is difficult, but some people don’t realize how even the simplest of tasks can become a lot to handle. One of the more common symptoms of a brain injury is trouble with memory. In order to address this, the victims have to figure out what types of methods they can use to combat these changes.

For some individuals, trying to keep their daily schedule is a challenge, but they can use things like electronic calendars and scheduling apps to make it easier. Sometimes, multiple options can ensure they don’t miss anything that they are supposed to do.

Another challenge for some is trying to remember basic facts, such as which light switches work which lights. Using labels can help with this, and using the items repetitively is also beneficial. You can also use lists in prominent places, such as a list of items to bring with you when you leave the house that’s placed near the front door.

Some people who have a brain injury need to have a sensory-friendly space. You can do this by having a quiet room in your home, but you can also ask family members and friends to help you find a safe zone where you can go to decompress if you are becoming overwhelmed.

Finding ways to cope at work can be another challenge. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, workplaces have to provide reasonable accommodations if you have a disability. There isn’t any firm directive about exactly what they need to do, so knowing what you need is beneficial.

If the accommodations are costly, they likely won’t be required to do them. You might be able to get these accommodations and other tools to help you using a settlement from a personal injury claim if you opt to make one against the entity liable for the injury that lead to the brain injury.