Rehabilitation is more than just physio

Rehabilitation is more than just physio

The Supreme Court has decided that a quad bike can be a valid rehabilitation expense. Mr Vaughan Hogan was injured in a motorbike accident in 2007. Before the accident, Mr Hogan loved quad bike riding and went on weekend trips with family and friends. Mr Hogan's Occupational Therapist made a request for the TAC to pay for a quad bike. As quad biking had brought him great enjoyment and independence, it would allow him to socialise and return to an outdoor activity which his quadriplegia stopped him from doing. The TAC refused the request and said they were not obliged to pay for a second vehicle as they had already paid for a modified Volkswagen van. The Supreme Court decided that the TAC should pay for the quad bike as it is a rehabilitation service. The Court said the fact that the TAC had paid for the VW van was irrelevant as Mr Hogan was using it for transport and not for rehabilitation. This decision shows that many things can be considered a rehabilitation expense, and it is not limited to traditional services such as physiotherapy and counselling. Anything that will restore a person to health or prevent their health from deteriorating may be considered a rehabilitation service. If you believe that the TAC has denied you a service or item which you require, please contact Redlich's Work Injury Lawyers on (03) 9321 9988.

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