People who suffer from a brain injury often focus on the immediate issues that they are facing. What some people don’t realize is that they might suffer from effects of the brain injury for years to come. One of the issues that might be affected is the possibilities for employment, even for someone who regains most or all of one’s abilities.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that only around 17 percent of the disabled population was employed in 2014. Around 33 percent of the disabled people who are working hold part-time jobs. Even though those statistics might be a bit off because of the elderly population, it still shows a stark difference between disabled and non-disabled employability.

Finding a job is often a challenge for anyone who is disabled. For those who have a brain injury, such as one that might occur after a car accident, the challenge is often great because of the memory and communication issues that come with a brain injury. Add in any physical limitations and you can imagine the difficulty that they face.

Even finding work that isn’t physically demanding is difficult. One man who was injured in a car accident in 2006 is having difficulties finding a paid job even though he has been working at an unpaid internship helping people to write resumes and cover letters for more than six months.

When you are injured in a car accident, your employability could be affected. While that isn’t what happens in every case, it is possible. Seeking compensation is one way that you might be able to curtail the financial devastation that could occur if you are unable to find and hold a job because of an injury.

Source: Union Leader, “The big obstacle on his road back from brain injury: Getting hired,” Melanie Plenda, June 19, 2016