Category: ACC

Accident Compensation (ACC) Law

Hazel Armstrong Law is experienced in dealing with a range of ACC legal issues. Our skilled team can help you challenge ACC’s decisions in relation to your claim, and to get the support to which you are entitled.

Although we are based in Wellington, we’re able to assist you in solving your ACC issue no matter where in New Zealand or overseas you’re based. Contact us to discuss your ACC case, or see below for more detailed information on what services we offer.

Assistance with Cover and Entitlement Decisions

The key feature of New Zealand’s accident compensation scheme is cover. Cover means that ACC recognises your injury, and may mean that you can receive compensation and rehabilitative assistance. ACC can help you with medical costs, work retraining and specialist equipment you need.

If ACC declines to cover your injury or decides not to provide you with entitlements, we can challenge that decision on your behalf. Contact us if you have received a decision declining cover or entitlements that you may wish to challenge.

Representation and Advice at Reviews and Appeals

Once we’ve lodged a challenge against a decision, ACC will appoint an independent reviewer to hear your issue. We’re able to represent you at a review hearing, and we can take care of any preparation required. Over our years in practice, we’ve developed close working relationships with many medical professionals, who are able to provide evidence to assist your case.

Following the review hearing, the reviewer will issue a binding decision. If you’re not satisfied with the result of your review hearing, you have the right to appeal to the District Court, which will issue a new decision. In some cases, you may have the right to appeal a District Court decision to the High Court and then Court of Appeal.

ACC law can be complicated and overwhelming for claimants. In our experience, claimants who instruct a lawyer to act for them have greater outcomes in reviews and appeals than those who represent themselves. Contact us if you would like to discuss any of these issues.

General Representation and Advice

We’re also able to assist you with representation and advice in any other dealings with ACC. If you want representation at general meetings with ACC, or at any medical assessments you are required to attend, we are able to assist you with preparation. Our lawyers are also able to attend meetings and assessments with you, to ensure that your views are heard and that you are treated fairly. We’re also experienced at representing clients in mediation hearings and fraud investigations by ACC. If you need assistance in dealing with ACC, contact us to find out more about how we can help you.