ACC Is Here For You & Your Whānau If You’re Injured In An Accident

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ACC is here to support you and your whānau if you’re injured in an accident anywhere in Aotearoa at work, at home or in the community.

Following an injury, ACC can help with medical costs and equipment and also provide financial support if you’re unable to work because of your injury.

What is ACC?

ACC – Te Kāwanatanga o Aotearoa is focused on helping to prevent injuries, helping with your care if an injury does occur and supporting your recovery. The support ACC can provide is set by legislation and aims to help every single New Zealander live life to the fullest no matter what comes their way.

Who can ACC help?

One of the special features of ACC is that it can help everybody in Aotearoa. This means that if your beloved whānau and friends are visiting from overseas, they too can benefit from the care and recovery services provided by ACC.

So, no matter if you are working, on Jobseeker Support or a benefit, retired, a child, or an overseas visitor, ACC is here to help!

How do you get help from ACC?

After an accident (even a minor one), no matter where or how it occured, when you visit a health provider such as a doctor or physio, fill out the simple form they provide to register the injury with ACC.

If your claim is accepted by ACC, this ensures that you can access subsidised or even fully covered care straight away, as well as down the track if problems occur from the original injury. Around 97% of accidental injury claims are accepted by ACC.

So right from the time you register your injury and your claim is accepted, ACC is working away in the background to help organise and pay for the treatment you need.

A solution that works for you and your whānau

Following an injury, ACC matches their support to each individual with a range of products and services designed to help the injured person and their whānau.

ACC can help with doctor visits, rehabilitation care, equipment (such as crutches, knee scooters and shower stools) and home help, and can also compensate you with up to 80% of your income if you’re unable to work because of your injury. For more serious injuries they can help with things like surgery, counselling, and even a rescue helicopter should you need it.

For most injuries, once you have filled out the paperwork and had your claim approved it’s unlikely you will need to contact ACC again as your claim number will be used by your health providers as needed.

If you’re unfortunate enough to have a serious injury, your ACC case manager will work with you throughout your rehabilitation to ensure you have what you need to keep you and your whānau well supported.

The best injury is no injury

Life is busy for everybody these days, so an injury to just one whānau member can have a huge impact on the smooth running of your whare. That’s why ACC works to help reduce accidents through a range of injury preventing programmes.

Find out more about how ACC can support you and your whānau here.

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This article was written by Kidspot NZ with information supplied by ACC

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