When you are hurt at work, workers’ compensation plans put the employer in charge of a lot of decisions. Because their plan is footing most or all of the bill, your employer directs your care. This may mean that you, as the injured worker, will be required to travel farther than you normally would to seek medical treatment. If you need to see a specialist, it may be that he or she is not in your hometown, which also means traveling a distance.
What many people don’t realize is that medical miles can be reimbursed. As you travel to and from the doctor, be sure to log your miles so that you can receive payment for your expenses. Note that this only applies if the round-trip distance is more than ten miles from your home.
How is reimbursement calculated? The 2016 per mile rate is $0.54. Take your mileage and multiple it by that figure to see what you are owed. The rate changes every year, however, so be sure to take note of the new rate when logging 2017 miles.
If you use public transportation, rest assured your expenses are covered as well. Just keep track of the actual costs of your fare.
Finally, in some instances, it may be necessary to incur costs for overnight lodging and meals. These, too, are reimbursed within reason.
If you have additional questions about reimbursement for medical travel expenses, reach out to an attorney so that you have the support you need and the care you deserve. At Oxner + Permar, we care a great deal about our clients, and we’re always here to help.