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What is the mileage reimbursement benefit?

On Behalf of | Apr 3, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

After a work injury, you will have a range of different expenses. Since workers’ compensation benefits are to pay for the expenses and inconveniences caused by your work injury or illness, they include various options for you to claim.

One of those options is to get mileage reimbursement. The benefit pays for your travel time and wear and tear that result from your injury or illness.

The benefit explained

Mileage reimbursement pays you per mile for travel to medical appointments covered under your workers’ compensation benefits. These costs and the wear and tear on your vehicle to get there is not something you would have had if you had not suffered an injury. For this reason, you get the benefit.

The amount of reimbursement

The mileage reimbursement rate changes often. Typically, it will change at the beginning of each year to reflect rising gas rates or changes to gas prices. It can occur more often if there is a significant change in the price of fuel. For example, in 2022, the rate changed twice. It increased as per the typical schedule on January 1, but it changed again on July 1 due to the significant rise in gas prices that year. Rates can go up or down, depending on the financial situation.

Mileage reimbursement is one of the fringe benefits of workers’ compensation. If you do not know about it, you may not realize you need to submit a claim to get it. However, it can be a significant benefit if you are traveling a lot for medical needs.