Wednesday October 17, 2018
Thursday, 04 October 2018 10:54

John McGough was facing eviction from his Pomare, Lower Hutt, flat as the papers piled up creating a fire hazard. With help the tetraplegic has started cleaning up and has dodged eviction. Disabled Lower Hutt man has ACC compensation re-instated, avoids eviction

A disabled man cut off from ACC payments for seven years has had his weekly compensation re-instated and avoided eviction from his bedsit. 

John McGough,49, of Lower Hutt, suffered spinal cord damage from a diving accident in 1996 and was dependent on ACC for income. 

The accident left him with a permanent limp, spasticity in his upper and lower limbs, and periodic pain and numbness in his arms and hands.

Sunday, 30 September 2018 08:40

The ‘no fault’ fallacy: Looking back at our 18 months of ACC hell The ‘no fault’ fallacy: Looking back at our 18 months of ACC hell

Eight years ago a birth accident resulted in Andrew Dickson’s son being diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Today Dickson’s battle with ACC lays bare the myth at the centre of our ‘no fault’ compensation system.

In June 2010 our son Ben was born in Wellington Hospital. He was purple and unresponsive when he emerged that day; it remains one of the most traumatic moments of my life. My wife and I had no expectation of birth difficulties – no one had suggested this as a possible outcome, despite prior indications.

On that day Ben suffered, during his birth, a brain injury caused basically by a lack of oxygen (see neonatal encephalopathy). It took us almost six years to get the official diagnosis of cerebral palsy. Soon after we submitted a claim to ACC; it took them four months to reject it.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018 05:50

‘Gagging’ by ACC keeps Acclaim out ‘Gagging’ by ACC keeps Acclaim out

A Dunedin-based support group which has fought for years to improve access to justice for ACC claimants says it has also been denied justice over the membership of a new "customer advisory panel".

A spokeswoman for the Acclaim Otago support group, Dr Denise Powell, has spent 13 years representing the group on ACC community liaison panels.

But in May she said Acclaim Otago would not seek to join a new, restructured ACC panel because a draft "gagging clause" would prevent the group speaking out over key issues that should be discussed openly in a democracy.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 05:30

Sir Geoffrey Palmer says ACC has not achieved "social justice". ACC should cover sickness and disability, says Sir Geoffrey Palmer

The Accident Compensation Corporation should cover people incapacitated by sickness and disability – and not just accidents – former prime minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC says.

In a speech to Victoria University in Wellington, Palmer said drawing a line between injuries and other medical issues could be difficult and unfair.

A "single unified system" would end unjust discrimination, he said.

Thursday, 26 July 2018 16:11

Internet blogger Dermot Nottingham was sentenced today in the Auckland District Court. Blogger dodges prison over court suppression breaches, harassment campaigns

A blogger described as "malicious and nasty" has narrowly avoided prison after breaching suppression orders in a prominent Auckland court case and leading a prolonged campaign of criminal harassment against five people, including a former MP.

Dermot Gregory Nottingham was sentenced to 12 months' home detention and 100 hours' community work today in the Auckland District Court, after what Judge Jonathan Down described as a blatant and contemptuous breach of court orders and an arrogant view of right and wrong.

A jury found Nottingham guilty of five criminal harassment charges and two breaches of court suppression orders following a trial, in which Nottingham represented himself, during April and May.

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Friday, 31 August 2018 18:58

ACC is encouraging people to contact it if they think they may have been impacted by a billing issue which it hopes to fix tonight. ACC apologises for over-billing self-employed, says fix on the way

ACC has admitted it has been over-billing some self-employed people who are earning small amounts of money from part-time work, by incorrectly assuming they are in fact working full-time.

Spokesman James Funnell apologised and said a fix would be put in place overnight on Friday. It didn't yet know how many people might have been impacted.

"We are currently doing some analysis to identify anyone impacted by the issue so we can check and correct their details, and of course organise any refunds that might result from the correction," he said.

Sunday, 12 August 2018 16:38

Pauline Halvorson, right, and her advocate Jeannette Brock celebrate their win against ACC after a 4-year battle. Whangārei woman wins 4-year battle with ACC

Pauline Halvorson may have won a four-year battle against the Accident Compensation Corporation for injury cover but may never be able to fully recover in life.

The Whangārei woman lodged a claim for acquired spondylolisthesis— a spinal condition that affects the lower vertebrae— in July 2014 for injury caused by a trampoline in February 1987.

ACC declined to fund her major spinal fusion surgery at the Whangārei Hospital on the basis her spondylolisthesis was a non-injury related condition.

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