Michele McCormack, 63, was thrown against the wall in the September 2010 earthquakes, prolapsing a disc which is still causing her pain today.
She said it took ACC four years to get her the MRI scan she needed and resulted in her to no longer be able to have surgery to fix it.
The pain radiates down her leg, causing her to have trouble walking and standing for long periods of time. In return, the qualified nurse had trouble finding work.
"They see this injury and think that I won't be able to do the job."