The £7 million settlement of a motorcycle accident injury claim, made on behalf of a Brazilian woman who suffered brain damage after an accident in London, has been approved in the High Court.
The claim for motorcycle accident injury compensation was made on behalf of Barbara Oliva (26) from Sao Paulo in Brazil by her mother – Edna – after Barbara suffered devastating injuries in an accident on London´s Embankment in 2008.
Barbara had been a pillion passenger on her husband´s Honda motorcycle, when the two – who were on honeymoon at the time – were hit by a car driven by Yusef Mahmoud of Southwark, London. Barbara´s husband and Mahmoud suffered minor injuries in the accident, but Barbara landed awkwardly on her head and suffered brain damage, despite wearing a crash helmet.
After recovering sufficiently to return to Brazil, Barbara – who is unable to walk or talk coherently because of her injuries – made a motorcycle accident injury claim for compensation through her mother. Liability was admitted by Mahmoud´s insurers, as he had been charged with driving offences which led to the accident, and the insurance company started making interim payment of compensation for a motorcycle accident injury.
At the High Court in London, Mr Justice Lewis was told that a final settlement of Barbara´s motorcycle accident injury claim had been agreed amounting to £7 million and, after hearing the circumstances of Barbara´s accident and her terrible injuries, approved the settlement of the claim, saying that it was “just and reasonable“ in the circumstances.