Do workers compensation claims include reimbursement for mileage and travel expenses?
Employers typically select workers compensation medical providers
As a general rule, your employer has the right to select the physician you see if you are hurt at work. Your employer is also responsible for paying the cost associated with the treatment. If the selected physician, therapy, testing, radiology visits, or any other medical visits are located outside the county of your employer, you are entitled to be reimbursed for the reasonable cost of travel.
Is mileage to and from a medical appointment covered under workers compensation?
Our office gets calls all day from injured workers who are not offered mileage and travel expenses. If the medical provider is located outside the county where the employer is located, the injured worker is entitled for mileage. In order to be reimbursed for your mileage, you should keep a mileage log if you must travel outside the county for any of the above types of treatment. (Note: This is not outside the county of your residence, but outside the county of your employment.)
What if you didn’t know you were entitled to mileage reimbursement?
If you did not know you were entitled to mileage and/or the insurance company has not offered it to you, it is never too late to seek mileage unless and until you settle your case. At that point, it may be too late, but you can still try to secure mileage.
Above all else, remember to stay focused on your own recovery.
Be honest about all of your injury sites and symptoms and keep accurate records of your medical care and your mileage and travel expenses. If you’ve been injured at work and would like to consult with an experienced workers compensation attorney, contact us at Klezmer Maudlin. We care about fighting for the rights of injured persons and workers throughout the state of Indiana. With offices in Evansville, Indianapolis, Lafayette, New Harmony, and Jeffersonville (Louisville, KY), we are well-equipped to handle your case.