South Yorkshire native Rosie Mayes had been only twenty years of age when she was involved in a road traffic accident involving a car that was driven by her former boyfriend that left the road and collided with an embankment, coming to rest on its roof. According to motor accident claim experts writing for the Bourne Local newspaper, Ms Mayes was trapped within the car wreck for one half-hour as emergency services strove to free her from the wreckage before rushing the injured York University student to hospital.
Ms Mayes, who had been pursuing a a history degree, suffered severe spinal damage in the accident, spent more than ten months in hospital as she recovered. However, the young woman is now confined to a wheelchair due to her tetraplegia and now needs 24 hour a day care.
The insurance company for the driver of the car was named as a defendant in Ms Mayes’ compensation claim, resulting in a lifelong care cost award made to the paralysed student for what could turnout to be worth millions of pounds. Ms Mayes’ father, who spoke to the press in the wake of the hearing at the High Court in Leeds where her daughter was awarded the right to compensation, described Ms Mayes as an inspiring figure, as she has returned to her studies at university, demonstrating the determination to continue to live her life regardless of her debilitating injuries.