19 November 2007
Brit wins £4m for crash in Italy
A former fashion editor who sustained severe brain damage while on a work trip to Italy has won £4 million in compensation, Bedford Today reports.
Beth Summers was attending Milan's fashion week in 2000 when she was involved in a motorcycle crash as she was riding pillion.
The 37-year-old was not wearing a crash helmet when the incident occurred and, due to serious head injuries, will now require 24-hour-care for the rest of her life.
Speaking at the High Court in central London, her lawyer said that, had Ms Summers been wearing a crash helmet, she would have escaped any serious injury.
She sued Thomas Stubbs, the driver of the crashed motorbike, whose insurers have agreed to settle her claim. The money will be used to fund her future care.
Approving the settlement, Mr Justice David Clarke stated: "This matter has been considered with great care and you have reached a very sensible outcome."