The costs, both in amounts of time and money, following an accident at work can be incredibly high. With assistance from workers’ compensation protection, many workers are able to remain financially stable while recovering from a serious injury or complication caused by their field of work. However, medical bills may not cover the full costs of treatment and recovery process. Oftentimes, a person will live several miles from the nearest hospital or licensed physical therapist, requiring additional time and money to get to that location.
Although many people may not know it, workers’ compensation benefits can also cover transportation costs that come up in the treatment process. This means that the distance covered by an individual to get to his or her pharmacist or physical therapist can be largely reimbursed through compensation funds. With the cost of gasoline and the additional mileage issues that can arise especially in older vehicles, this additional payment method can be very helpful for some.
There are several factors that may make this mileage coverage more important for some workers. Lengthy trips to and from medical campuses can be required of workers who live in rural areas or in a town that is not adjacent to a medical center. In addition, owners of older vehicles may begin to tally up a large number of miles quickly due to repeated visits to therapists and pharmacies.
According to most workers’ compensation systems, the state will pay by the recorded mile for each trip. This means that mileage is added up, and then an amount, generally hovering around 50 cents for every mile in recent years, is multiplied into that sum. After all of the paperwork is filed, these amounts can be paid to workers who need the additional coverage. For more information regarding transportation assistance, contact a workers’ compensation attorney.