Why a brain injury can impact someone’s earning potential

On Behalf of | Feb 28, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Certain types of injuries can be very expensive after a car crash. People recognize that more severe injuries, including brain injury or spinal cord injuries, may generate major medical bills. They may have a harder time estimating the secondary financial consequences of an injury, such as accommodations in someone’s living space or their vehicle because of their functional limitations.

Injuries can also impact someone’s career and diminish their earning potential. Someone with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) might very well experience a long-term drop in household income because of their medical challenges. Why is this?

Missing work can limit advancement opportunities

Although employers should not consider someone’s medical condition when making major decisions, they often do. Technically, a worker’s health issues, including a brain injury sustained in a car crash, should not have any bearing on employment decisions. So long as someone can perform a job, they should receive the same consideration as others.

Unfortunately, research has shown that workers who miss time on the job because of health challenges often do not receive the same treatment as their coworkers. Employers may be less likely to grant someone a raise or promotion in the future if they miss a substantial amount of work while undergoing treatment for an injury. Especially if their injury requires regular absences for therapy and ongoing care, their absences from work could affect their career.

Symptoms can affect job performance

Although it can be difficult to admit, the limitations caused by a TBI can affect someone’s work ability. For example, the changes in mood and personality often reported after a brain injury might mean that someone now struggles in a managerial role or a customer-facing position because they are not as calm as they once were.

Other times, there could be cognitive or physical symptoms of a brain injury that affect someone’s job performance. Issues with fine motor control might render someone incapable of working in a factory. Challenges with memory or issues with problem-solving could affect even white-collar workers and leave them unable to do the same job they performed before their injury.

Overall, the combination of significant medical expenses and reduced earning potential can cause dire financial issues for a brain injury survivor. Pursuing a personal injury lawsuit against a party at fault for a patient’s harm can potentially help someone with a crash-related TBI limit the economic impact of their injury.