This morning on my way to work I turned on Newstalk ZB to find that Madeleine and her recent ACC victory were the topic of Leighton Smith’s morning show – Kerre McIvor was filling in. Madeleine ended up speaking to Kerre on air – you can listen here:
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“An Auckland lawyer has won her own legal battle against the Accident Compensation Corporation.
Madeleine Flannagan has been fighting to get ACC to overturn its decision to stop her entitlements.
ACC claimed her injury-related pain was due to a degenerative condition.
Ms Flannagan says the decision was based solely on a diagnosis made by its own specialist.
“Every doctor and specialist who’d seen me at that point and subsequently, had said it was an accident.”
ACC overturned its decision just in time to avoid being taken to the District Court.
It claims the “consistency and rationale of two independent specialists’ opinion” is more compelling than that of its own specialist.
However, Ms Flannagan has her doubts over ACC’s true motives.
“They settled about two weeks after they were served my appeal papers so I am very sceptical that it was the compelling nature of my specialist’s report.” [which they'd received copies of from Madeleine's lawyers 1-2 years prior to offering to settle]