Sheffield crash victim secures cash

Rosie Mayes who was left paralysed in a car crash and has secured a seven-figure payout.
Rosie Mayes who was left paralysed in a car crash and has secured a seven-figure payout.
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A student from Sheffield left paralysed in a car crash has spoken of her relief that the care and rehabilitation she will need for the rest of her life has been secured following the settlement of her case.

Rosie Mayes, aged 24, from Gleadless, was 20 years old when the car in which she was a passenger swerved onto the wrong side of the road and collided with an embankment before overturning.

Firefighters had to cut Rosie from the mangled wrecked of the car on Stubley Hollow, Dronfield, before she was rushed to hospital.

Medics fought to save Rosie’s life but she was left tetraplegic with only a small amount of movement in her right bicep.

Lawyers at Irwin Mitchell have secured Rosie a seven-figure settlement, plus annual payments for the rest of her life to help fund the 24-hour care she needs.

The settlement came after a three-year legal battle with an insurance firm over liability for the collision.

Rachael Aram, from Irwin Mitchell, said: “The settlement will ensure Rosie will have access to the professional care she needs for the rest of her life and we hope it gives her a sense of justice for what she’s been through as well as helping her to live as independent a life as possible.

“Rosie has been tremendously brave over the past three years and is very determined to not only be successful herself, but also to help others through fundraising and charity work.”

Rosie, who is in her final year at The University of Sheffield, where she is studying history, 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.”