March is TBI month. There are 100,000 Minnesotans that live with a disability caused by a brain injury. The majority of brain injuries in the United States each year occur in young children and teenagers. Many of these brain injuries are a resulte of bicycle or car accidents.
Minnesota Leads the Nation in Brain Injuries from Falls
In Minnesota, the leading cause of brain injury is due to falls, acording to the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance.
In the winter months due to Minnesota weather ,there are 1500-2000 more falls during December to March. This is nearly double the amount compared to other months of the year. Hennepin County Medical Center reported an increase of 20% in emergency room visits due to falls after a recent snow and ice storm.
Symptoms of a Serious Brain Injury – Call 911
Sudden severe headache / worst headache of your life
Seizures or convulsions
One or both pupils is enlarged
Very tired and unable to stay awake
Loss of consciousness
Sudden changes in vision
Weakness or lack of coordination
Severe confusion, restlessness or agitation
Hennepin County Medical Center has a PDF called After you Hit Your Head that you can access here.