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Compensation for quad bike crash victim

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Holly Raper, from Chorley in Lancashire, has been awarded with £175,000 in compensation after she suffered a serious head injury in a quad biking incident in Australia. Ms Raper had been working on a farm in Tasmania when she crashed the quad bike in December of 2011. She currently requires 24/7 care, which is being provided by her mother and a group of professional carers; doctors say that she will need this for the rest of her life.

It has been heard that at the time of the accident, Ms Raper had been herding a group of cows on the vehicle when she fell off and sustained severe brain damage. She remained in a coma for many months before being flown home to the UK. At a Tasmanian Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Tribunal, the Chief Commissioner Stephen Carey said that Ms Raper had suffered “a catastrophic neurological injury” and would require constant care for the rest of her life. 

290,000 Australian dollars

Ms Raper’s return to the UK was delayed due to her UK insurance company arguing that her policy did not cover any work-related injuries. As a result of this, the Tasmanian government paid for her to return home. Her compensation of £175,000 is equivalent to the lump sum of 290,000 Australian dollars – the maximum amount available which had to be paid within one week.  

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