National ACC spokesperson Gerry Brownlee has got his facts wrong about the new lump sum compensation scheme introduced
as part of the Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation Bill today said Accident Insurance Minister Dr Michael Cullen.
"Mr Brownlee should perhaps take a better look at the Bill, before indulging in scaremongering tactics by claiming we
have opened the floodgates for lump sum payments for mental injury and raising the spectre of multiple payments
totalling more than $100,000.
"If he had, he would see that lump sums are limited to $100,000 based on whole person impairment which means that no
matter how severe the injuries – whether mental or physical - nor how many times someone is injured, they cannot receive
more than $100,000 over the course of their life.
"As well, we have introduced lump sums for mental injury as a result of a physical injury or sexual abuse – exactly the
same as the Independence Allowance is paid now. We are not introducing lump sums for pain or suffering or for work place
stress, nor for witnessing a traumatic event.
"However, I have said that this Bill marks the second part of the Government's commitment to improve and modernise the
injury prevention and rehabilitation and compensation scheme. We will continue to look at improvements to entitlements
and coverage as the economy and the performance of ACC allows," said Dr Cullen.