If you've been involved in a work-related accident that left you with a brain injury, it doesn't have to be the end of your employment. With employer accommodations, your job duties can be modified so that you can return to work. If your memory has been affected by your brain injury, there are modifications you can request. These modifications will help you perform your job duties without interfering with the day-to-day running of the company. Here are four modifications you could request from your employer if they would help you.
Provide Daily Task Lists
If your work-related injury has affected your memory, you may have a difficult time remembering your daily tasks. A daily task list will allow you to have a written reminder of the items you're expected to complete each day. For maximum benefit, ask your employer to provide the tasks in checklist form. This will allow you to check each item off as you complete it throughout the day.
Provide Verbal and Written Instructions
If you're suffering from memory loss, you may require additional assistance with instructions. Verbal and written instructions from your employer may help you understand and remember what you've been assigned. This is particularly important if you're going to be assigned tasks that you hadn't performed prior to your injuries. If you're having a hard time remembering how to do certain tasks that you were responsible for prior to your accident, ask your employer to provide you with a refresher course for those specific tasks.
Allow the Tape Recording of Employee Meetings
If the company you work for has regularly scheduled employee meetings, ask your employer to allow you to tape record those meetings. Having an auditory reminder of the meeting will allow you to listen to them as needed. This may give you the time you need to move the information from short-term to long-term memory. You should also request that the minutes of training meetings be provided to you in typed form.
Allow the Use of Labeling Systems
If your job description requires you to place items in specific locations or follow specific routines throughout the day, labels and color-coding can be implemented throughout your work area. Labels and color-coding can provide you with visual cues that may help you carry out your duties.
If you've suffered a work-related brain injury that's affected your memory, and you want to return to work, talk to your workers' compensation attorney about requesting modifications to your job description that will accommodate your changing needs. If you need an attorney, look for a workers' compensation law office in your area.