LEGAL FIGHT: Betty and Allan Barker with their son Chrys.
LEGAL FIGHT: Betty and Allan Barker with their son Chrys. Jorge Branco

Family plea to bring Chrys home for Christmas

CHRYS Barker suffered a crippling brain injury in a car accident in January that also killed his cousin.

The 27-year-old's injuries are so severe he has spoken just three words and been barely able to move or respond to stimulus.

Now his family wants to bring him home for Christmas after Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital neurosurgeon Rosalind Jeffree suggested home care would be his best chance at rehabilitation in the long term.

The Barkers want the company responsible for his medical care, RACQ Insurance, to pay for modifications to their home so they can trial taking care of him.

Instead RACQ's lawyers asked the Supreme Court for permission to put Chrys in "an appropriate nursing facility or aged care facility".

HELP BRING CHRYS HOME FOR CHRISTMAS HERE.

Shine Lawyers, acting for the Barkers, has applied to force the insurer to pay for a home trial, including modifications, equipment and allied health support.

Both applications have been adjourned to be heard together in March.

Chrys Barker
Chrys Barker Contributed

Shine Lawyers partner Jamie Shine said she had never come across anything so unjust in 15 years of practising law.

"I just think it's outrageous that the family is now left in a position where they have to raise the money themselves when there is an insurance policy there that is specifically meant to cover these exact scenarios," Ms Shine said.

RACQ executive manager insurance communications Mike Sopinski said the company was negotiating with Chrys's parents and solicitors to find accommodation with access to appropriate 24-hour support for Chrys.

"We acknowledge and understand this is a tragic and difficult matter," he said.

"We are currently taking advice from rehabilitation specialists and we are taking the wishes of Chrys's parents into consideration.

"RACQ Insurance is committed to a solution which is best for Chrys."

The Barkers are trying to bring their son home for Christmas on their own. You can help here.


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