Michigan workers comp lawyer lists reimbursement rates for injured employees who must travel for medical treatment or evaluation.
Mileage reimbursement is an important benefit under workers comp. You should be paid every time you see a doctor or attend an independent medical examination (IME).
If you must travel a far distance, you can also get paid for lodging and meals. This is a benefit that you will rarely be told about.
Current reimbursement rates (Effective 10/01/2011)
Mileage (per mile): $0.555
Lodging (per day): $65.00 plus taxes
Breakfast: $7.25, $8.75*
Lunch: $7.25, $8.75*
Dinner: $16.50, $21.00*
*Select cities (All of Wayne County, All of Oakland County, Ann Arbor, Holland, South Haven)
Travel outside the State of Michigan
Your employer or its insurance company can have you examined by a doctor of their choosing. You must attend this independent medical evaluation or forfeit benefits.
Even if you have moved out of state, you may still be cited for an examination in Michigan. You should be paid for travel expenses to and from.
The only exception would be if the medical evaluation is scheduled close to trial. The idea is that you must travel to Michigan anyways.
What happens if they won’t pay
Sometimes insurance companies try to exploit injured employees by not paying the correct reimbursement rates. We see this happen when a client moves out of state and needs transportation.
You could even win the reimbursement battle but lose the war. This happens when the insurance company agrees to pay travel expenses to its doctor but then cuts off future benefits based upon the evaluation.
We recommend that you speak with an experienced workers comp lawyer anytime you are cited for an evaluation. Call (855) 221-2667 for a free telephone or office consultation.
– Alex Berman is the founder of Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers. Hes been representing injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Alex has helped countless people obtain workers comp benefits and never charges a fee to review a case.
– Photo courtesy of Creative Commons, Sarah Korf.