A BRITISH backpacker who suffered a catastrophic brain injury while working on King Island has been awarded $289,000 in compensation.
Holly Raper was left in a near-vegetative state when a quad bike rolled on top of her in December 2011.
The 21-year-old was working on a dairy farm owned by David and Jocelyn Bowden.
Ms Raper, who cannot communicate or breathe on her own, was not wearing a helmet, and the quad bike was found to be mechanically defective.
After a period of intensive hospital treatment, she was able to be transferred to the UK, where her family now cares for her.
``She does not have the ability to communicate,'' said her UK doctor, David Shakespeare, a consultant in neurological rehabilitation medicine.
``It is assumed that she has some degree of hearing and vision, but this cannot be formally assessed because of severe cognitive impairment.
``She requires full nursing care and hoisting for transfers. She has a spastic quadriplegia.''
Last month Mr Bowden was fined $3000 while his farm manager, Jason Andrew Haines, was penalised $1200 by Devonport magistrate Michael Brett.
Both men pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that Ms Raper was wearing a helmet after Mr Haines directed her to use the bike to move cows into a paddock.
Ms Raper's family said the punishment was inadequate.
Her injuries have been categorised as a 70 per cent whole of body impairment, which the Bowdens did not contest.
In a decision published on Friday, the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Tribunal ordered the Bowdens to pay a lump sum of $289,192 into a trust managed by Ms Raper's law firm, Slater and Gordon, within a week.
Chief Commissioner Stephen Carey said it was appropriate that the money be transferred to Ms Raper's mother, Elaine, who is her legal guardian.