One of the most overlooked financial costs when it comes to workers’
compensation is the cost of traveling to and from your appointments. After
a serious injury, you could be facing multiple appointments a week—medical
exams, follow-ups, treatments, physical therapy—none of which are
guaranteed to be local. The need for care from specialists (especially
after a serious work injury) means you could be traveling hundreds of
miles a week just for medical-related appointments.
Georgia’s workers’ compensation law recognizes the travel expenses
that injured workers incur during the course of their treatment. If you’re
receiving workers’ comp benefits, you need to keep your gas receipts,
log your travel miles, and keep any receipts for meals or hotel stays.
You can be reimbursed for these costs for up to a year after each purchase.
Below, we discuss the specific rules laid out by Georgia’s workers’
What Types of Travel You Can Get Reimbursement For?
Georgia law says that any medical-related travel expense is fair game for
Specifically, you’re entitled to reimbursement for travel to and from:
- Your authorized doctor
- Your independent/insurance medical exam (IME)
- Your hospital
- Any specialist referrals (e.g. physical therapy)
According to current statutes, you are entitled to up to $.40 a mile in
reimbursement (which is why documenting your appointments and trips is
For Long-Distance Trips
Trips exceeding a required travel time of 4 hours also entitles you to
- $30 in reimbursement for meals
- $80 of reimbursement for lodging
While you’re not entitled to meal costs or hotel expenses past these
caps, $110 is a sizable reimbursement for an overnight trip. As someone
who is not currently working and is trying to get back into fighting form
for work, every little bit of your cash makes a difference—and travel
expenses add up fast.
Let’s say that you travel 8 hours a week for medical care, with half
of it spent on a trip to see a specialist in another county. That comes
out to $192 in mileage reimbursement, with $30 for meals. In any situation,
$222 a week (nearly $1,000 a month) in travel costs is a sizable amount
of money to spend on
just getting to your doctor and back home again. That’s not even accounting for the cost of medicine or treatment.
How to Get Reimbursement for Mileage & Travel
Save your receipts, document your trips, and print out your routes on Google
Maps or a similar app—an attorney can include them in your workers’
compensation claim to ensure that you receive every penny you’ve
spent on your medical care.
If you’ve been severely injured at work, concerns like the ones above
are only one of the many ways an Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney
would have your back. The law firm of Douglas F. Kaleita, P.C. has secured
millions of dollars for injured workers, helping them get back on their
feet without financial strain or worry. With more than 26 years of experience,
you can trust that we know how to take care of you and yours.
Give us a call at (888) 665-7699 or
contact us online for a free evaluation of your case. We can help you understand how much
you’re entitled to, what you need to do to get it, and how we can help.