Accident compensation: overview

This chapter explains:

  • the key features of the accident compensation (ACC) scheme
  • the types of injuries and causes that ACC covers
  • the range of support you’re entitled to, including treatment and compensation
  • how to make an ACC claim, and your rights when you’re dealing with ACC
  • your options for challenging an ACC decision.

    Note: “ACC” stands for “Accident Compensation Corporation”, which is the government organisation that manages the accident compensation scheme and makes decisions about claims. But often the abbreviation “ACC” is used more generally to refer to the whole scheme and the compensation you get under it – as when someone says, “I’m getting ACC for my injury.” In this chapter, we use “ACC” in both those senses, and it should be clear from the context which one we mean.

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