A Brazilian woman left severely brain damaged after a road accident on her honeymoon in London is set to receive compensation worth around £7 million.
Barbara Oliva, a former beauty competition contestant of Londrina near Sao Paulo, was 21 when the crash happened, as she rode on a motorbike being driven by her husband on the Embankment.
Compensation ‘proper and reasonable’
Mr Justice Lewis said at a High Court hearing in London that her proposed compensation package was “proper and reasonable”.
Lawyers for Mrs Oliva, who is now 26, launched legal action against a car driver involved in the road traffic accident, Yusef Mahmoud of Southwark in south-east London and an insurance firm.
Mrs Oliva’s solicitor, Jenny Kennedy said Mrs Oliva’s husband had not been to blame but Mr Mahmoud had been convicted of a number of driving offences.
The couple, who are no longer together, were on an extended honeymoon at the time of the incident.
Family ‘pleased’ with package
Ms Kennedy said: “The money awarded today can never compensate the family for what happened to their daughter and for the altered state in which she now lives, unable to walk and speak normally.”
But she added that they are pleased that the compensation will enable them to have Mrs Oliva with them and they will be able to properly care for her for the rest of her life.
Mr Justice Lewis said he had been “deeply moved” as he paid tribute to the “care and devotion” shown by Mrs Oliva’s mother Edna to her daughter.
The judge also praised Ms Kennedy for going “above the call of duty” in her handling of the case.
Ms Kennedy revealed at the hearing that interim damages payments had enabled the family to convert their home to make it suitable for Mrs Oliva’s use.
The judge said Mrs Oliva had made “remarkable improvements” but will need 24-hour care for the rest of her life.
Source: BBC News
Date Published: September 14, 2013
Author: David Brown