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Medical and personal injury claims

For more than 20 years, we’ve given advice and help to people who have suffered personal injury, illness and psychological harm caused by medical accidents and faulty products. We regularly give assistance not only to our own clients, but also to other law firms and their clients.

The impact of ACC allows few New Zealand lawyers to handle this kind of work. We are one of only a few firms to treat it as a specialist area.

Here’s a selection of the projects we’re proud to have worked on and the services we provide:

  • In the early 1990s we settled claims on behalf of about 30 people who suffered lung diseases caused by industrial exposure to asbestos.
  • In 1997 we settled nearly 100 claims by women who suffered serious – in some cases potentially fatal – internal injuries as a result of using the Copper-7 intra-uterine contraceptive device.
  • We advised groups of former timber workers suffering from skin and other diseases caused by industrial exposure to toxic timber treatment products.
  • We have advised groups of people who have suffered adverse effects from numerous drugs and medical products.
  • Between 2000 and 2008 we settled over 200 claims brought by people infected with hepatitis C from contaminated blood transfusions and blood products.
  • We acted for a group of parents whose children’s organs were retained without their consent by Greenlane Hospital.
  • We recently settled claims brought by people who suffered abuse as patients in New Zealand psychiatric hospitals.
  • We have settled claims for people who were abused in Child Welfare institutions, orphanages and other institutions run by church organisations.
  • We have handled claims for individuals who have had adverse medical or hospital experiences.
  • We have represented people making complaints to the Health and Disability Commissioner, Medical Council, and Privacy Commissioner.
  • We have appeared at inquests.
  • We regularly assist overseas lawyers to identify NZ medico-legal experts for claims they are handling.

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Claudia Grott-Zanicotti, Psychiatrist