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Figures obtained by The Star reveal there were 20 fewer claims on ACC’s books for the 2020-2021 financial year, compared to 2019-2020.
From the existing claims, 82 were classified as physical injuries and nine as mental injuries, while a dozen claims were a combination of both.
ACC paid out $3,050,959 for those claims, compared to $2,636,894 during 2019-2020.
The amount needed for physical injuries dropped from $1,926,237 to $1,808 - 805 with 17 claims resolved.
But that reduction was offset by mental injuries ($350,653 to $571,008) and physical/mental injuries ($360,004 to $671,146) requiring a greater financial commitment.
Unsurprisingly, the 2011/2012 financial year produced the highest expenditure on claims from the February 22, 2011, earthquake - $12,140,380, with the bulk devoted to physical injury treatment ($10,618,068).
There were 5996 claims in 2011-2012. Minor physical injury claims appear to have been resolved swiftly - 7879 physical injury claims were made in 2010-2011, while 12 months later the number had reduced to 5904.
The greatest number of physical injury claims became inactive in 2012-2013, when 4715 dropped off the books.
Meanwhile, the number of claimants receiving weekly compensation relating to the earthquake peaked in 2010/2011 at 327 (306 physical, 13 mental, eight physical/mental), although the bill amounted to $1,337,393.
In the following financial year the claimants had reduced to 240 - the only category to increase was mental injury from 13 to 30 - but the expenditure surged to $2,796,151.
There are currently 20 claimants across all three categories, absorbing $1,337,658.
The bulk of the money is required for death benefits - weekly compensation ($830,487) followed by support for independence care ($357,664).
Conveyance for medical treatment was the smallest cost for the 2020-2021 financial year - $1227.