Date set for Rakaia ACC client's review

00:50, Feb 15 2013
jeremy sayer
GRANTED: Rakaia man Jeremy Sayer has been told to get his paperwork together - he's getting his ACC review.

Jeremy Sayer will not be pitching his tent outside Timaru's ACC office just yet.

Mr Sayer, 42, threatened to do just that earlier this month after ACC told him he was being struck off its books, despite his surgeon claiming he was not fit to return to work.

However, Mr Sayer, of Rakaia, received a letter last week stating his case would be reviewed and he had until February 21 to get his paperwork together, in preparation for the review.

Mr Sayer visited the branch on February 1 to tell bosses face to face that he was giving them two weeks to review his case, because health professionals had told him returning to work was not yet advisable.

"One week later I got a letter saying your review is underway and I have till the 21st to have all my stuff together to get my review."

He said he was pleased with the response - "at the moment".


Mr Sayer, a mechanic by trade, has been off work since 2011, after he was diagnosed with lateral epicondylitus, a form of tennis elbow.

He initially got the condition in his right arm but was misdiagnosed and continued to work. Now he has the condition in both arms, which he says affects his ability to do many daily tasks.

He said continuing to work when only his right arm was affected meant his left arm was over-compensating and it now has ligament damage.

An ACC spokesperson said Mr Sayer has been assessed as "vocationally independent", which meant he was regarded as being fit to return to some sort of fulltime work.

"My whole argument is I am vocationally fit, but not medically fit to return to work," Mr Sayer said.

"I might look good on paper, but in reality (I'm not). I'll just be liability for another employer."

The Timaru Herald