Life Beyond Brain Injury
One survivor's journey.
Seriously injured by a chiropractor .
Misdiagnosed at the ER.
Sent home with a bleeding brain.
48 hours without care.
NO justice. NO settlement in court.
Learn more about Tom's injury and how it has affected his life.
Tom's shocking story.
Tom suffered a massive, life-threatening brain injury when a chiropractor tore an artery in his neck. The chiropractor then abandoned Tom on the office floor, incapacitated and seriously injured, for over two hours before calling 911. Tom’s condition was then misdiagnosed as an ear infection at the emergency room. The ER doctor did not conduct any neurological exams or brain scans, and he sent Tom home with a dangerously swollen, bleeding brain.
For 48 hours, Tom was without medical care, clinging to life as his damaged brain continued to bleed and swell. When Tom’s family realized he had something much worse than an ear infection, they rushed him back to the hospital where he was misdiagnosed again. Through all of this, the bleeding and swelling in Tom’s brain continued unchecked as more and more damage occurred.
Tom and his family were financially ruined by the aftermath of this devastating injury, but Tom received no settlement or justice in court, despite conclusive proof the chiropractor had injured him and the ER misdiagnosis had further jeopardized his life.
Today, Tom faces the possibility of being homeless, and he still has major physical impairments that impact his quality of life each day. However, with the right help, Tom’s condition can greatly improve and he can become independent again.
Holiday Football Auction
Hey Warhawk nation! This is your chance to own a rare piece of UW-Whitewater football history while helping a fellow Warhawk! Bid today on a game-worn UWW football helmet autographed by current head coach Kevin Bullis and retired head coach and Hall of Famer Bob Berezowitz, two limited edition commemorative footballs from the 2013 and 2014 NCAA Division III national championships, and a UWW football plaque. All proceeds will benefit UWW alum and brain injury survivor Thomas Hapka. Let's get the Warhawk nation behind Tom and his family! Go Warhawks!
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