Toilet injuries cost ACC $3.4m last year
Last updated 05:00, January 17 2015
Disasters on the dunny are costing taxpayers dearly.
In the first 10 months of 2014, the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) received more than 4700 claims from people that had experienced mishaps on the toilet.
It accepted all but 118 of those claims, paying out close to $3.4 million.
Most of the claimants suffered soft tissue injuries such as sprains and contusions but some cut themselves, fractured bones, dislocated joints, broke teeth or suffered a concussion.
Explanations for how the injuries occurred differed broadly from black-outs on the toilet resulting in falls and head injuries.
Others were injured when they slipped on the floor.
Payouts for toilet-related claims last year came to about half of those paid out in 2013, when ACC received 5776 claims and accepted 5613. The claims amounted to $6.08 million.
This amount was slightly greater than that in 2012, when ACC paid out $5.08m in toilet-related claims.
A Christchurch Hospital spokeswoman said they suspected the majority of mishaps ACC referred to were falls-related but did not have toilet-specific data.
The spokeswoman said it was important to note the toilet was "unlikely to be the cause of an injury".
"It's simply a location where an accident may occur."
St John Canterbury district operations manager Dion Rosario said the ambulance service did not keep specific data on this type of incident but did sometimes attend incidents where people had been injured in their bathrooms or toilets.
St John encouraged people to take a first aid course so they could help when someone was injured at any time, "even if they happen to have been injured by a toilet", he said.
- The Press