A study is blowing the stereotype of sickness beneficiaries who rort the system - out of the water.
Massey University has found those with a spinal cord injury who are covered by ACC are more likely to get back to work.
But those who don't receive assistance start a downward spiral into poverty.
Sarah Derrett says the majority of those receiving ACC want to get back to work, and there are systems in place to make sure that happens.
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"I think it's really time to dispel this myth about people who are in receipt of earnings-related compensation on ACC being on some sort of easy ride...It's just not the case."