Accident Victim Awarded Exoskeleton as Part of Damages Settlement

By Gary Cutlack on at

Sarah Thomas was left paralysed following a car accident in Australia in 2010. A UK High Court settlement has just determined the level of damages she's entitled to, seeing as she was hit by a driver who was also a UK resident, finding that she should be provided with an Ekso Bionics Ekso GT robotic exoskeleton to help with her home rehab.

The ruling also covers enough funds to cover the exoskeleton's ongoing maintenance and eventual replacement costs as well as the purchase price of the Ekso GT in the first place, with Sarah also getting substantial money to help manage the condition for the rest of her life. Hopefully she'll soon be stomping to the local Tesco in her home town in Bedfordshire with her life fully back on track.

Esko Bionics is clearly quite happy about this outcome and the resulting PR gift it's received, with the company's CEO explaining: "This outcome is another major development for individuals who are looking to improve their rehabilitation options from their home. Now that we are seeing patients get access to our technology through legal settlements for home rehabilitation, we are eager to see how this improved access might impact overall patient outcomes."

That's nearly the same thing Esko Bionics said the last time it happened, too.