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The brain performs a variety of functions. It regulates life-sustaining activities, manages physical movements, remembers language skills, solves problems and allows creativity. Because our brains do so many things, it can be life-altering if someone’s brain becomes injured.

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) usually occurs when someone receives a forceful blow to the head. It can also be caused when there is a sudden change in velocity or when an object penetrates the skull. Because each injury is unique in type, severity and location, TBIs often cause different problems for different people.

What causes TBIs?

Most TBIs in the United States are caused when someone falls and hits his or her head. Other leading causes include traffic incidents, being struck by or against an item, and assault. However, more TBIs are caused by falls than the three other leading causes combined.

If you received a TBI because of a fall on another’s property, your injury may be caused by the negligence of the property owner. This may be the case if you slipped or tripped on wet floors, potholes, torn carpeting, uneven sidewalk, broken tiles or objects on stairs.

How is negligence determined for slip-and-fall situations?

If you fell on someone else’s property, you may be able to receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other costs associated with your injury. However, you and your legal team must first prove that the property owner was negligent.

To be considered negligent, the property owner must have known about the hazard, but failed to fix the hazard or provide a warning about the hazard. This inaction must have then resulted in you becoming seriously injured.

TBIs can be life-altering and can involve a long and expensive road to recovery. If you experienced a TBI because of someone else’s negligence, it may be appropriate to seek justice.