30 Dec 2016

Woman bitten by spider wins ACC battle

1:03 pm on 30 December 2016

A woman bitten by a white tail spider has won a battle for compensation with ACC.

White tail spider

A white tail spider bit Karen Reeves. Photo: 123RF

Karen Reeves developed a severe skin infection in 2013 but ACC revoked her cover after a few months when a dermatologist said it wasn't connected with the bite.

Ms Reeves' foot and ankle was inflamed and she was unable to move for a time.

Her GP diagnosed cellulitis, a type of skin infection she had suffered from before, and linked it to a white tail bite.

Five months after granting her compensation, ACC changed its mind but the District Court in Auckland has now ruled it shouldn't have.

Judge Grant Powell criticised ACC for not initially investigating properly and said it must continue to give Ms Reeves cover.

He said there was clearly a difference in medical opinion, and not enough proof to show the initial diagnosis was wrong.

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