Multi-million pound payout for Sheffield woman paralysed in crash

'A big relief': University student Rosie Mayes, 22, wins legal battle after being paralysed in a car crash.
'A big relief': University student Rosie Mayes, 22, wins legal battle after being paralysed in a car crash.
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a WOMAN left paralysed from the neck down after a horror car crash has won a multi-million pound legal battle for 24-hour care for the rest of her life, writes Claire Lewis.

Bright university student Rosie Mayes, now 22, from Gleadless, said she hopes the settlement will enable her to ‘get on without having to worry about money’.

“The moment the judge said I had won it was such a big relief from the worry we’d all been feeling,” she told The Star.

“I can just get on with my life now.”

Rosie, who cannot move any of her limbs and will be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life, was travelling home in her then-boyfriend’s car two years ago when it lost control, ploughed into an embankment and overturned.

Rosie was trapped upside down in the vehicle and was left fighting for life, and spent the next nine months in hospital.

The driver was never prosecuted over the collision on Stubley Hollow, Dronfield - but last summer, 19 months on from the crash, his insurers contested liability, forcing Rosie to attend a three-day court case.

She had to relive her ordeal in front of a High Court judge who decided who was liable for the accident, and who should be responsible for paying for the lifelong care and rehabilitation Rosie needs.

The judge ruled in her favour - and her ex-boyfriend’s insurance firm must now reach a settlement figure expected to run into millions of pounds.

The judge also criticised the insurers’ legal team, who he said had shown ‘unreasonable conduct’ in contesting liability.

Rosie’s dad Andy Wynne, 55, told The Star: “What Rosie has had to go through over the last seven months, after everything she has already endured, was totally unnecessary.

“It is not a windfall - it is money Rosie will not see. It is for providing the care she needs to live her life.

“Nothing can ever bring back the life Rosie had before. But it is a huge relief to know she is guaranteed the best possible care for the rest of her life.”