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ACC told to pay $100,000 lump sum

12 August 2004

ACC told to pay $100,000 lump sum to asbestos victim

The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) says it has yet to decide whether to appeal a judge's order to pay the victim of an asbestos-related illness a $100,000 bulk payout.

Wellington District Court Judge David Ongley, in a reserved decision, ordered ACC to pay the estate of Auckland fitter and welder Ross Lehmann.

It was "far too early to say" whether ACC would appeal, because it was still looking at the decision, the corporation's media advisor, Fraser Folster, said today.

Mr Lehmann died, aged 79, in November last year, a year after he was diagnosed with asbestos-related lung cancer.

He had helped to install an asbestos-covered boiler and pipes at the New Zealand Forest Products plant in Penrose in 1960, and was diagnosed with the disease in late 2002.

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