Benefits and compensation: What you’re entitled to from Work and Income and ACC
ACC compensation for disabilities
The information below is a summary. For more details, see the chapter “Accident compensation (ACC)”, under “Costs covered by ACC: Treatment, compensation and other support / Lump-sum payments for permanent impairments”.
Lump-sum ACC payments for permanent impairments
You can get lump-sum compensation for a permanent impairment – for example, if you lose a finger in a machine accident at work. These are one-off, non-taxable payments that are paid on top of other ACC entitlements. The ACC laws define an “impairment” as meaning “a loss, loss of use, or derangement of any body part, organ system, or organ function”.
These lump-sum payments don’t include compensation for pain and suffering, or for loss of enjoyment of life, resulting from the impairment. However, they can cover not only physical impairments but also the mental harm caused by rape and sexual abuse.
Usually, an assessment for lump-sum compensation happens after a doctor tells ACC that your personal injury has stabilised, and that there is probably a permanent impairment. But if after two years, a doctor says that your personal injury has not stabilised but that permanent impairment is likely, ACC can do the assessment anyway.