ReWalk Robotics Ltd (Nasdaq: RWLK) ("ReWalk" or the "Company"), today welcomed BARpriMER's decision not to accept the ruling. A state court ruled that exoskeletons qualify as direct disability compensation, withdrawing a case pending at the federal level shortly before trial. The result is that a qualified insured with paraplegia (QSL) in Germany, the largest market for ReWalk's exoskeletons, has a legal basis to provide an exoskeleton as an orthopedic device for direct disability compensation.
In the precedent-setting decision, the court held that an exoskeleton device directly compensates a person with spinal cord injury for the ability to stand, walk, and climb or descend stairs and obstacles. The definition of direct disability compensation applies to medical devices that replace failed and impaired bodily functions and whose users are equal to people without disabilities qualified insured regardless of other medical devices previously provided.
"The successful outcome of this legal challenge to recognize the exoskeleton as direct disability compensation changes the landscape of eligible paraplegics," said Larry Jasinski, CEO of ReWalk. "The German healthcare system has led the way in adopting exoskeletons for individuals with spinal cord injuries. We expect that the adoption of the prior ruling will help medically qualified members of the SCI community access exoskeleton technology in a more efficient manner."
"We expect today's events to be significant for people with disabilities in Germany. The state court precedent is enforceable and legally binding and will help ensure that eligible people with spinal paralysis have a legal basis for accessing this technology," said Professor Thomas Ratajczak, the legal representative of the plaintiff in the case.
Plaintiff Lars Winken said, "After waiting seven years to walk in an exoskeleton, I am pleased that Parmer is now offering me another walk. It's important to know that other people with disabilities will now have easy access to this technology. Getting an exoskeleton and being able to get up and walk at any time opens up new horizons for me.
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ReWalk Robotics Ltd. develops, manufactures and markets wearable robotic exoskeletons for individuals with lower limb disabilities resulting from SCI or stroke. ReWalk's mission is to fundamentally change the quality of life for people with lower limb disabilities by designing and developing market-leading robotic technologies. ReWalk was founded in 2001 and has headquarters in the USA, Israel and Germany.
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Source: Germany's second-largest health insurer withdraws appeal to Federal Social Court, accepts exoskeleton prejudice as direct occupational disability compensation (kreuznacher-rundschau.de) (14.11.2022)