Shane Cowlishaw at Dom Post reports:
A man who helped dozens of people with their ACC claims says the corporation has driven him into bankruptcy and depression.
After more than 20 years of acting as an ACC advocate, Mike Dixon-McIver has spent the past six years locked in a battle with the corporation after it tried to prosecute him for fraud.
That case was thrown out and a judge awarded Mr Dixon-McIver, of Upper Hutt, full legal costs. But the corporation has refused to go to mediation to discuss damages.
This has infuriated Mr Dixon-McIver, who at noon today will host a barbecue protest outside the corporation’s head office in Wellington to publicise his plight.
He plans to camp outside the office until ACC agrees to meet him.
“Nobody has said ‘we’re sorry’, nobody, and that’s the first thing I ever wanted from them.”
Adding to his frustration, he and wife Jolene will be forced out of their home on Friday after an option to buy the property expires.
He sent ACC a starting figure for damages and losses of $4.69 million, including sums for loss of earnings and impact on his mental health.
You want $4.7 million from ACC levypayers because of a failed prosecution against you that didn’t even go to trial?
Good luck with that one.
Incidentally Mr Dixon-McIver seems to have had some compensation issues of his own, after the Employment Court ordered him to pay three months salary and $6,750 for distress, humiliation and injury to feelings to a former employee who was constructively dismissed after he threatened to assault her, following his son assaulting her.