Killer Cows cost ACC big time

Killer Cows are costing ACC big time, even more than shark injuries. Blair Ensor writes:

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From the inane to the insane – rats, cats, sharks and even monkeys have contributed to a multi-million dollar insurance bill by inflicting pain on their human counterparts. 

Paper boys, criminals and holiday makers are among tens of thousands of Kiwis who have received payouts from the Accident Compensation Corporation after they were maimed by God’s worldly creatures last year.

Documents released to the Sunday Star-Times under the Official Information Act show ACC received 73,500 animal-related injury claims in 2012 and have so far paid out about $24.5 million.

In Canterbury alone, animals inflicted about $3.9 million of pain with 9330 claims received from the region.

Livestock contribute to a large percentage of the payout, but sharks, monkeys, insects and jellyfish have also inflicted their share of pain.

ACC would not release the full details of each incident for privacy reasons, but gave a brief description of the injuries outlined by patients on their claim forms. The descriptions were found in a file search under animal-related words.


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