Being injured is never fun, and trying to navigate a workers’ compensation claim on top of healing can add more stress to a time when your only goal should be recovery. The good news is that the workers’ compensation statute allows for reimbursement of a number of common expenses incurred after a person suffers a work-related injury.

Can I Be Reimbursed for Travel Expenses Related to the Injury?

Yes! The workers’ compensation laws allow an injured worker to be reimbursed for travel costs related to your case. When you’re injured at work, it’s the employer’s responsibility to pay the costs associated with your treatment.

Any medical care including hospitals, specialists, surgery, therapists, or other health services are covered as long as they are medically necessary, reasonable, and are related to the work injury. This includes travel expenses such as mileage, tolls, parking, meals, and lodging that were required to attend medical appointments. The statute will reimburse you at the annual set mileage rate, which is $0.67 per mile for 2024. Make sure to keep copies of any receipts for your costs.

What About an Independent Medical Examination?

In any claim for workers’ compensation benefits, an employer or insurance carrier can require the injured worker to attend a medical evaluation with doctor of their choosing. As a result, injured workers are often required to attend an Independent Medical Evaluation (IME) before a hearing or settlement of your case. These evaluations generally have to be within 50 miles of your location and are restricted to only two per year. While you are required to attend the IME, you will be reimbursed for transportation, mileage, and toll expenses incurred to attend, even if the insurance carrier has denied your claim.

How much do I get reimbursed?

The easiest way to get reimbursed is to submit a list of your travel expenses and mileage in a table format. You will need to submit the following information: the date of the appointment, where you traveled from and to, and how many total miles it was. If you have parking or other related expenses from your appointments, list that cost under the appropriate appointment and document the amount with receipts.  A sample mileage reimbursement form is included below.

How Can Ward Law Group Help?

If your claim was denied, if you aren’t sure if you’re being paid correctly, or if you have questions about the process, call us! We can assist by pointing you in the right direction, appealing an unfavorable decision, or step in to represent you wherever you are in the process.

The most important part of any workers’ compensation case is that you get the treatment you need and prioritize healing as best you can. It can be nice to let the lawyers focus on the details of your case while you focus on your wellness.

Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

Shawn J. Tennis

Shawn J. Tennis

NH Workers Compensation Attorney
John L. Ward

John L. Ward

NH Workers Compensation Attorney
Dana K. Smith

Dana K. Smith

NH Workers Compensation Attorney

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