Tuesday December 11, 2018
Monday, 19 November 2018 05:20

Barrister Warren Forster, who has represented hundreds of ACC claimants, says the number of claims declined by the agency are much higher than officially reported. ACC's undocumented 'blank cheque' letters could number into tens of thousands, lawyer says

Tens of thousands of "blank template" letters have been left out of ACC's official reporting on how many claims it approves or declines. 

Barrister Warren Forster, who has represented hundreds of ACC claimants, said in his experience the "CM03" documents were like "blank cheque" letters, often used by ACC staff to decline claims for cover and entitlements. 

ACC said the letters could not be retrieved as it "would require ACC to undertake an extensive manual search through all claim files", but the agency was confident only a small number were used to decline claims. 

Saturday, 10 November 2018 10:23

Chance to help reform ACC Chance to help reform ACC

Dunedin barrister Warren Forster has launched a nationwide survey as part of research aimed at reforming the accident compensation system.

He is aiming for 10,000 responses over the next month, and  the findings of the Law Foundation-supported research will  be presented to ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway.

"We can find out what people think and then let politicians know what they said about how New Zealand supports people affected by impairment and disability," Mr Forster said.

Saturday, 03 November 2018 17:05

High Court judge dismisses two ACC appeals High Court judge dismisses two ACC appeals

People who suffer treatment injuries could have a better chance of getting ACC cover after a landmark High Court ruling.
In the decision released on Friday, Judge Peter Churchman has dismissed two appeals by ACC against district court decisions in favour of a woman who had suffered a stroke during brain surgery and another who ended up incontinent and numb down one leg after an operation on her spine.

A lawyer for one of the women, Brittany Peck, says ACC had attempted to decline cover on the basis the injuries were "an ordinary consequence" of treatment.

Monday, 29 October 2018 17:13

Barrister Warren Forster says a High Court ruling about the use of fake names applied to ACC and the practice was unlawful. ACC has said managers of some high risk claimants will continue using pseudonyms for safety reasons. ACC says bogus case managers for "high risk" claimants legal

ACC says it will continue using fake staff names despite the High Court outlawing a similar practice by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD).

Last month Justice David Collins found in favour of a Taranaki woman's claim the use of fake names by Ministry of Social Development (MSD) Benefit Review Committee members was unfair.

The woman had a long history of disputes with the ministry and was one of about 80 clients deemed to pose a threat to MSD staff and managed by a remote client unit.

Monday, 29 October 2018 06:35

One social insurance scheme could work better - expert

Barrister and researcher Warren Forster said a unified scheme would provide a simpler, more sustainable social health system run by the government.

The provision of social services was inconsistent and incomplete, but it could be improved, he said.

People had to go to various departments for help with mental health and social support, which was incredibly difficult for those struggling the most, Mr Forster said.

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.

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