Last updated 03:54, December 21 2016
A radiation poisoning victim who has been battling ACC for years says his compensation will never make up for his years of hardship.
Bryon O'Regan suffered for decades with debilitating episodes of nausea and diarrhoea after getting radiation poisoning from a surgery in 1979.
After overcoming numerous bureaucratic hurdles, he was recently paid some compensation for a brief period.
O'Regan would not disclose what the amount was, but said it was not much considering his years of suffering.
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O'Regan won a court case against ACC in 2015 which entitled him to compensation – but only if he could prove he was working prior to 1979.
Inland Revenue income tax records only go back a decade and the Palmerston North firm he said he was working for at the time had long ceased to exist.
Publicity of O'Regan's plight prompted former colleagues to come forward willing to back up his work history
O'Regan said he was still in discussions with ACC, but it was hard work.
"They are making the rules up as they go along. It takes its toll on me, too, the continuous arguing with them."
O'Regan said he had spent the past couple of months in and out of hospital because of dehydration.
"It has taken a while to get back on my feet again."
Each time he returned home he got sick again.
"It is so hard. It knocks you around."
O'Regan said he was "surviving".
An ACC spokeswoman said they were still working with O'Regan to sort out his compensation claim.
"Obtaining verification of his employment history is proving more complex than at first thought.
"Until this work has been completed, and a final agreement has been reached with Mr O'Regan, we are not in a position to make any further comment."
His 2015 court case judgment said there was "no dispute" O'Regan's life had been "significantly altered" by the treatment he received in 1979.