Paralysed student’s relief at car crash compensation

Rosie Mayes who was left paralysed in a car crash and has secured a seven-figure payout. Pic: Irwin Mitchell/PA Wire
Rosie Mayes who was left paralysed in a car crash and has secured a seven-figure payout. Pic: Irwin Mitchell/PA Wire

A Sheffield student who was paralysed in a car crash “can finally move on” after a settlement in a legal case that secures her care and rehabilitation for the rest of her life.

Rosie Mayes, now 24, from Gleadless, was 20 when the car in which she was a passenger swerved onto the wrong side of the road and hit an embankment before overturning in Stubley Hollow, Dronfield. She was left tetraplegic with only a small amount of movement in her right bicep.

After a three-year battle with an insurance firm over liability, law firm Irwin Mitchell secured a seven-figure settlement, plus annual payments for the rest of her life, to provide professional care and to help Rosie live as independent a life as possible.

Rosie, who is studying history in her final year at The University of Sheffield, said: “The moment the judge said we had won the case in February last year was a huge relief, but getting the settlement agreement through has felt like the final milestone I’ve had to overcome.

“Now I can finally move on, make plans for the future, and decide what I want to do with my life, now I know the specialist care and support I need is taken care of.”

Irwin Mitchell praised Rosie for her bravery and helping others through charity work.