Couple Take Legal Action After Bride Fractures Her Spine On Honeymoon

Specialist Travel Lawyers Instructed To Investigate Accident And Help With Recovery


A newlywed who travelled to Spain for a romantic honeymoon this summer is taking legal action after she was left with ‘horrific’ life-changing injuries after she was hit by a car and catapulted into the air before landing on the windscreen and then the road.

Devastated Joanna Rose, from Wakefield, in West Yorkshire was celebrating her honeymoon with husband Andrew by jetting off for a relaxing break in Torrevejca, Spain on 13 July this year but has now been left with multiple and serious injuries including a fractured spine.

The 38-year-old beautician has instructed specialist International Personal Injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate the accident and help provide funds to help with her recovery and rehabilitation. 

As well as a fractured spine, Joanna also suffered five broken ribs, internal bleeding, cuts and bruising to her face, head and body and, due to the force of the impact, one of her crowns in her mouth became dislodged.

After the accident Joanna was rushed to a hospital in Torrevejca where she stayed for two weeks before being transferred back to the UK to Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield. She is now at home and has to wear a full body brace and faces surgery to insert pins in her spine to stabilise it.

Expert Opinion
This was a horrendous accident which happened on what was meant to be a romantic and carefree holiday for Joanna and Andrew to start their married life together. But instead Joanna has been left seriously injured and is facing a long and painful recovery and will be unable to work for the foreseeable future.

“We are currently making investigations as to any criminal proceedings which are being conducted in Spain against the driver and to establish insurance details of the driver to help with Joanna’s case. EU regulations will allow us bring a case on her behalf through the English courts. We hope that we can secure justice for her and assist with her recovery and on-going rehabilitation needs.

“Irwin Mitchell’s Client Liaison Officer, Ruth Moore, is now also working closely with Joanna to assist her in dealing with applications for help with childcare, further treatment, counselling and generally support Joanna through this tremendously difficult time.”
Philip Banks, Partner
Joanna and Andrew have a four-year-old daughter Poppy who was also on holiday with them at the time, but luckily was back at the hotel being looked after by her Grandmother.

Andrew, 38, recalls hearing a screech of tyres and a loud bang, he then turned round to see his new wife flying through the air and hitting the windscreen of the car before Joanna fell to the floor.

Joanna has her own beauty business, specialising in teeth whitening, but due to her injuries is currently unable to work and her salon at home has now been turned into a hospital room.

Joanna said: “I feel like I have been to hell and back – my honeymoon was completely ruined as I spent the entire two weeks in hospital battling for my life.

“Andrew and I were walking along a road when the accident happened. I remember hearing a loud bang behind us then suddenly landing on the road with a thud and feeling instant and excruciating pain in my back. I was rushed to a local hospital where I was told that I had fractured my spine, over the next few days I realised the full extent of the injuries I had suffered as I was in agony.

“The doctors were concerned that I had a tear in my heart due to the force of the impact and my internal injuries, but thankfully I didn’t need to have heart surgery. I was terrified, everything happened so quickly and I can just remember being in a tremendous amount of pain. I’m so glad Andrew was there by my side at the hospital to reassure me.

“I have been struggling to cope with what has happened, the happiest time in my life so quickly turned into the worst and now I am faced with the daunting prospect that I have a long way to go before I will have fully recovered. 

“I hope that with the help of my legal team at Irwin Mitchell I am will be able to secure justice and continue on the road to recovery.”

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious back or spinal cord injury as the result of an accident, our serious injury claims team could help you claim compensation. Visit our Spinal Injury Compensation Claims page for more information.