Zombie injury bill scary stuff

Last updated 12:03 19/07/2013

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Zombies and vampires may be popular in Hollywood, but their supernatural antics should come with a warning after ghostly injuries cost ACC almost $25,000 in the past five years.

ACC claims figures show the agency paid out $24,834 to more than 20 people between 2008 and 2012 for ghost, vampire and zombie-related accidents.

Explanations for the paranormal injuries varied.

They included crashing into a pole while playing zombies at school, accidentally put arm through window telling a ghost story, hit head crawling under bed to find ghost, fell off stage during ghost tour, bumped into dishwasher playing ghost tag, banged forehead on door frame wearing a blanket pretending to be a ghost and knocked over by a vampire.

Most of the money was paid out in 2010, where six claimants received varying shares of $20,696.

An ACC spokeswoman said many of the unearthly injuries were the result of preventable accidents.

"The safest place in your house for a zombie is the living room," she said.

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