New Zealand Ski Accidents Amount To Millions In Tax Payer Dollars

New Zealand Ski Accidents Amount To Millions In Tax Payer Dollars

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New Zealand Ski Accidents Amount To Millions In Tax Payer Dollars

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Photo Credit: JB via Andre Charland

Photo Credit: JB via Andre Charland

In New Zealand, ski-related accidents are big business as insurance claims have already cost Kiwi taxpayers roughly $10 million this year alone reports stuff.co.nz.

Related: Skier Sues Local Friend Following Ski Accident

However, unlike The United States, work and non-work related accidents are covered under a national insurance organization known as the Accident Compensation Corporation. That means if you’re a Kiwi, a torn ACL could be covered by your fellow taxpayers.

In the ski area mecca of Queenstown, claims have already reached an astronomical $2.5 million!

The most expensive claims were the result of 8 helicopter-based rescue operations. Of those 8 rescues, two of the most expensive involved young skiers who sustained serious head injuries.

Photo Credit: ACC

Photo Credit: ACC

The ACC attributes the rise in claims to greater national participation in the sport of skiing. Normally sports related accident claims in New Zealand are dominated by rugby, soccer, weight lifting, and cycling.

Find the entire stuff.co.nz article here: Skiing accidents cost New Zealand taxpayers millions as claims continue to rise

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