Compensation for Mileage Expenses
There are a number of financial worries that arise after a person has suffered a work injury accident or illness. That is why it is so important to report the incident and apply for workers’ compensation benefits immediately in order to receive rightful compensation while you are unable to work. One of the expenses that are covered by injury benefits includes reimbursement of roughly 55 cents per mile traveled to and from medical appointments provided by your insurance carrier.
If you or a loved one has been injured on the job in California, please do not hesitate to consult with one of the experienced lawyers at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office to ensure that your rights are protected and the process of obtaining your benefits goes quickly and efficiently.
What Mileage Expenses are Covered?
Your insurance provider will cover traveling expenses, such as mileage, parking fees, and even bridge tolls, as long as you are traveling to medical appointments or vocational rehabilitation that is deemed necessary or reasonable. These appointments may include trips to the pharmacy, physical therapy, acupuncture, and occupational training.
How to Receive Travel Expenses after a Work Injury
You will need to collect accurate information on how many miles you have traveled and for what services. In most cases, you will be responsible for keeping track of the dates, locations, and distances you traveled, in addition to submitting a reimbursement application. The insurer will have at least 60 days to provide fair and accurate payment.
In California, it is a felony to provide false information in order to receive workers’ compensation benefits, so it is essential to double check that the information you submit is accurate. Your insurer may even audit your mileage reimbursement forms to ensure that the information is accurate before providing any payment.
What if My Mileage Expenses are Denied?
In the event that an employer fails or refuses to ensure that an injured employee obtains the compensation he or she is entitled to receive, the injured employee has the right to challenge the decision. An experienced attorney will handle all contact with the insurance company, as well as help evaluate the disability as reflected in your medical reports. If the injury claims adjuster believes the injury is not covered by workers’ compensation, a lawyer will be able to fight on your behalf to secure your rightful settlement.
With a skilled legal team on your side, you can protect your legal rights. For example, if the insurance company delays a payment, a lawyer will be able to hold the insurer accountable, as well as pursue a penalty for late payments.
Contact a Top Los Angeles Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
If you or a loved one need help obtaining rightful reimbursement following a worksite accident or illness, please do not hesitate to contact a Ventura workers’ compensation attorney at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office. We are highly experienced at protecting our clients’ rights when pursuing work injury benefits. Contact us at (800) 438-7734 to discuss the best course of action for your circumstances in a free and confidential consultation.