While no injuries involved rogue
reindeer or fur-trimmed red-suited men catching fire were
reported in Otago, the excitement of the Christmas holiday
period still got the better of some people.
Through delays in changing a controversial medical privacy
consent form, ACC has missed a big chance to rebuild trust
and confidence after earlier privacy breaches.
The public health system should be clawing back all of the
money it spends on surgery performed on patients whose claims
are later accepted by ACC, Dunedin ACC lawyer Peter Sara
Any mention of changes to New Zealand's no-fault accident
compensation scheme is bound to be accompanied by howls of
outrage from affected parties.
An Otago ACC support group has gained a $10,000 New Zealand
Law Foundation award to prepare a report to the United
Nations over claimed non-compliance with a UN Convention on
rights of the disabled.
Dozens of claims relating to Taser injuries, including burns
and lacerations, have been received by the Accident
Skiers and older people are most at risk of injury, according
to the first geographical breakdown of New Zealand accident
Forklift-related injuries cost
the Government nearly $2 million last year, with the number
of claims made the lowest in the past 10 years.
Many Otago ACC claimants whose compensation payments have
been reinstated will be eligible to receive interest payments
which could total several million dollars overall, Dunedin
lawyer Peter Sara believes.
Three Otago residents will receive entitlements after winning
appeals against the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC).
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