Successful appeal after ACC dismissed claim linking rape and schizophrenia (2019)

A woman’s appeal against ACC’s decision to decline funding for schizophrenia treatment after she was raped has been upheld.

The woman’s application for help had been turned down in 2016 on the grounds her condition could not substantially be attributed to a sexual assault in 1988 when she was aged 37.

In the Wellington District Court Judge CJ McGuire concluded the rape had meaningfully contributed to her diagnosed schizophrenia.

John Miller, principal for John Miller Law, said the outcome was a “significant” decision and would likely be a ruling his firm would refer back to in future cases. He was hopeful the decision reflected a changing attitude towards mental health cases.

Represented by JOHN MILLER LAW

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