A High Court judge has approved a claims settlement of £7 million in motorcycle passenger injury compensation for a Brazilian woman who suffered devastating brain injuries in an accident in London.
Barbara Oliva sustained her injuries while a pillion passenger on her husband´s Honda while the two were sightseeing London as part of an extended honeymoon in 2008. As Barbara´s husband – Andre – was driving along London´s Embankment, the motorcycle was hit by a car which was being driven erratically by Yusef Mahmoud, of Southwark, London.
Andre Oliva escaped from the accident with minor injuries but Barbara, despite wearing a crash helmet, suffered extensive brain damage after hitting her head as she fell. Barbara returned to the family home in Sao Paulo after receiving treatment in London, and now relies on her mother to provide care for her as Barbara and Andre separated after the accident.
Through her mother, Barbara made a claim for motorcycle passenger injury compensation and, at the High Court in London, Mr Justice Lewis heard that Mahmoud´s insurers had been paying interim payments of motorcycle passenger injury compensation to Barbara´s family, but now the parties had agreed on a final settlement of £7 million.
Approving the settlement, Mr Justice Lewis said that it was “just and reasonable” in the circumstances and the judge also had words to say for Barbara´s mother – Edna – praising her for the devotion she had shown her daughter since Barbara´s return to Brazil.