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An estimated 1.7 million people in the U.S. sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) each year. Nearly 80% of those – over 1.3 million people – are treated in emergency departments. TBI is one of the most serious injuries a human can sustain. If you have suffered a TBI you may be wondering how your ability to return to work will be affected.

According to Brainline.org, “Traumatic brain injuries can result in bruised brain tissue, bleeding inside the brain, large or small lacerations in the brain, and nerve damage due to shearing forces. The brain can also experience a number of secondary types of damage, like swelling, fever, seizures, or an imbalance of neurological chemicals. A traumatic brain injury may either be a penetrating injury or a closed head injury.”

Returning to Work After a Traumatic Brain Injury

A recent study, Unemployment in the United States After Traumatic Brain Injury for Working-Age Individuals: Prevalence and Associated Factors 2 Years Postinjury was conducted on behalf of the National Institute of Health (NIH). The study sought to “estimate the prevalence of unemployment and part-time employment in the United States for working-age individuals completing rehabilitation for a primary diagnosis of traumatic brain injury (TBI) between 2001 and 2010.”

The study revealed a number of important, but unfortunate, realities for people who have suffered a TBI. The study revealed that the unemployment rate for people 2-year postinjury was 60.4%. The average unemployment rate for the U.S. population as a whole during that same period was 9%.

Further, the study found greater work limitations and productivity loss in the long-term. The prevalence of part-time employment for those who were employed 2-years postinjury was 35%. The average part-time employment rate for the U.S. population as a whole during that same period was 13.9%.

In its summary, the study pointed to two important facts: employment has a positive influence on psychosocial health for people after a TBI and development in workplace placement for people postinjury is essential to ensure the long-term psychological well-being of people who sustained moderate to severe TBI.

Traumatic Brain Injury Cases

Given the serious and long-lasting potential consequences of a TBI, it is imperative that people who have suffered a TBI caused by the negligence or wrongful conduct of another party get the compensation they will need for their lifetime.

The cost of treating brain injuries is extremely high. People who have suffered brain injuries often require diagnostic testing, specialists, surgery, and rehabilitative therapy, as well as ongoing medical care for life, and many will be unable to return to work or will be able to return only part-time.

In cases where the damages are so high, it is even more critical to make sure that your attorney can get the best possible settlement or jury award on your behalf. It is important that you work with a personal injury attorney experienced in brain injury cases. TBI cases are highly complex. Getting the full compensation you deserve requires expertise and skill with these special types of cases.

The Experienced Attorneys of Miller Lathrop Can Help

Brain injury cases can be difficult, but with our experience and dedication to our clients, we will make sure your family is given the best possible representation.

Here at Miller Lathrop we practice exclusively in personal injury law and wrongful death, which means all of our clients have had something horrible happen to them. Our clients have experienced a life-changing injury or are enduring the wrongful death of a loved one. Because of the personal nature and importance of the cases we handle, we feel it is a privilege to be entrusted with our clients’ legal matters.

You will meet with a Miller Lathrop attorney, not a case manager or paralegal. The consultation is at no charge to you, no obligation, no pressure, and no strings attached.

To schedule a free consultation to discuss your Traumatic Brain Injury or other personal injury, contact our firm or call (402)558-4900 any time. We invite you to get to know us by reading about our attorneys here, and read what our clients have said about us here.


Miller Lathrop was voted Omaha Magazine’s Best of Omaha, as Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, and attorney Matt Miller holds a 10 Superb top attorney Avvo Rating.

We serve clients throughout Eastern Nebraska and parts of Western Iowa including Douglas County, Sarpy County, Lancaster County, and Pottawattamie County, as well as the cities of Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue, Papillion, Fremont, Blair, Elkhorn, and Council Bluffs.