Germany’s second largest health insurer withdraws appeal with Federal Social Court, accepts prior ruling of exoskeletons as direct disability compensation
Precedent set for all future cases as State Court verdict is legally binding and enforceable
Following the outcome of this legal dispute, eligible paraplegics in
In the precedent ruling, the court determined that an exoskeleton device directly compensates for the loss of abilities for the spinal cord injured individual, such as the ability to stand, walk, and ascend or descend stairs and curbs. The definition of direct disability compensation applies to medical aids which replace failed and impaired bodily functions to the extent that the person using them is on par with people without disabilities. In this context, the provision of an advanced technical aid, such as an exoskeleton, can be provided to the medically eligible insured individual, regardless of any other medical aids that have previously been supplied.
“The successful conclusion of this legal dispute identifying the exoskeleton as direct disability compensation changes the landscape for the eligible paralyzed community,” stated
“We anticipate that today’s events will have immense significance for paraplegics in
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