July 20, 2013
A Brazilian woman is to receive £7 million compensation for catastrophic injuries in a motorbike accident after a hearing at London´s High Court.
Barbara Oliva from Sao Paulo in Brazil was sightseeing London with her husband – Andre – as part of an extended honeymoon in 2008, when a car erratically driven by Yusef Mahmoud, of Southwark, London, hit their Honda while they were driving down the Embankment and knocked Barbara from the bike.
Despite wearing a crash helmet, Barbara suffered severe brain damage – due to which she can no longer walk and has difficulty communicating – and had to return to Brazil where she is now cared for by her mother. Barbara and Andre separated shortly after the accident.
Through her mother, Barbara (26) made a claim for compensation for catastrophic injuries in a motorbike accident against Mahmoud – who had been found guilty of causing the accident by reckless driving.
Mahmoud´s insurance company accepted liability for Barbara´s injuries and made several interim payments of compensation to her family; however, at the High Court in London, Mr Justice Lewis was told that a final settlement of compensation for catastrophic injuries in a motorbike accident had now been agreed upon.
Approving the settlement, Mt Justice Lewis said that the amount of £7 million was just and reasonable in the circumstances, and the judge also praised Barbara´s mother – Edna – for the care she had provided for her daughter since the tragic accident.