On November 4, 2005, Nova was seriously injured after falling from a horse during a photo shoot. Her skull broke in four places and her brain hemorrhaghed. She had no health insurance, so her webmaster set up the website getwellnikki.com to gather donations. Nova was unable to work for several years after the accident and successfully sued the producer of the shoot, though to date, she has yet to actually collect on said judgement. Due to her brain injury, she no longer has her sense of smell and occasionally experiences brain seizures and memory loss.