The wait for Christmas is nearly over but many Otago
residents will continue to wait, not for Santa, but for a
An ACC report has revealed 146 Otago residents made a claim
after they injured themselves on Christmas Day last year.
Their treatment, support and rehabilitation cost $121,562.
Dunedin City had the most mishaps in Otago making up 70
casualties, with 33 in the Queenstown-Lakes district, 27 in
Central Otago district, nine in Waitaki district, and seven
in Clutha district.
Nationally, ACC accepted 3527 claims from Christmas Day
injuries, costing more than $2 million in treatment, support
and rehabilitation. ACC injury and prevention services
general manager John Beaglehole said the causes of injury
included pulling a muscle while cooking the Christmas dinner,
getting burnt by the barbecue, hit by a flying cork, or
cutting their hand when opening a beer. Others hurt
themselves gardening, setting up a tent, diving in a pool,
playing cricket and falling off scooters and skateboards.
Nearly half the claims last Christmas were from falls. About
30% involved alcohol, he said.