In our workers’ compensation practice, we frequently see clients that are not being reimbursed for travel costs to and from the doctor. This benefit, known as medical mileage, is often overlooked by insurance companies.
When an injured worker drives to and from an authorized medical visit, he or she is entitled to be reimbursed for travel expenses. Currently, the insurance company is required to pay $.40 per mile round trip.
The burden is on the injured worker to keep up with the mileage and timely submit it to the assigned claim representative. Our firm provides medical mileage forms to our clients and we will submit them and insist on reimbursement.
The injured worker should be aware that there are time restrictions on medical mileage. In order to be reimbursed, the mileage must be submitted within one (1) year from the date of incurring the travel cost. Request for mileage reimbursement after one (1) year will be time barred.
It is the employer and insurance company’s responsibility to secure transportation for authorized medical visits. In cases where the injured worker, or a family member, cannot drive, medical transportation at the expense of the insurance company must be provided. The injured worker is also entitled to be reimbursed for other expenses associated with attending medical appointments which may include parking and meals.
If you have been injured on the job, do not let the employer escape the obligation of providing transportation as required by law. If you have questions or concerns about your rights under the Workers’ Compensation Act, please call our offices for a free consultation.