A workers’ compensation insurance carrier is required by law to reimburse the cost of transportation to and from all medical appointments, including travel to and from the pharmacy and any other location where treatment, testing or other care is provided. The workers’ compensation carriers are only required to reimburse for mileage, and not for the cost or expense of gas. Mileage reimbursement rates are currently being paid at 44.5¢ per mile.
To receive mileage reimbursement, the injured worker must submit mileage reimbursement worksheets. These forms can be requested and provided by your workers’ compensation attorney and will require the injured worker to report to the carrier the date, location to and from the appointment and the round trip mileage. These numbers must be exact, and cannot be guesses or estimations. The workers’ compensation insurance companies review these forms with online programs like MapQuest or Google Maps. To ensure your numbers match what theirs will be, try using one of the websites the insurance companies use.
You should submit the report to your attorney on a regular basis to receive the mileage reimbursement you are entitled to under the law.
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