It was 1999 and 18-year-old Nicholas Evans had his whole life ahead of him. He had just scored a 1450 on his SAT and he was planning to major in meteorology at Florida State University. The only thing holding him back was the severe migraine headaches he suffered which sometimes affected his studies.
After going to a neurologist, it was discovered that he had an arachnoid cyst on his brain. The neurologist thought that removing the cyst would eliminate the migraines, so surgery was scheduled and he was operated on.
That’s when things went horribly wrong. According to Nicholas’ 52-year-old mother, “They messed up the surgery and caused a brain lesion. Nick hemorrhaged and had a massive stroke.”
Due to the brain injury, he was paralyzed on one side, he couldn’t walk, and his memory “was pretty much wiped out,” his mother said.
After years of therapy and now 30-years-old, Nicholas can walk and seems outwardly fine, but he still has a brain stent, cognitive challenges, and short-term memory difficulties. During those years, he became a spokesman for opposing medical malpractice caps. His own lawsuit fight lasted ten years.
Ironically, he still suffers from migraine headaches.
Today, he volunteers at an education center where he teaches people with disabilities how to create resumes and become self-sufficient. He was initially a client at the center.
The law firm of Farah & Farah applauds the courage in the face of adversity that Nicholas and others affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI) display every day. Patients with TBI can face years of expensive medical bills and rehabilitation costs. If a loved one’s TBI has resulted from the negligence of a medical professional or facility, our medical malpractice attorneys in Tallahassee can help. Call us at (800) 533-3555 to discuss how we can assist you and your family.