THE 2020 MEDICAL MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT RATE FOR INJURED WORKERS AND WORKERS’ COMPENSATION: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Injured Workers in California are entitled to receive medical reimbursements for mileage incurred in the course and scope of their medical treatment. Further, Injured Workers are entitled to mileage attending their deposition. Additionally, Injured Workers are entitled to mileage reimbursement for attending Qualified Medical Evaluations and Agreed Medical Evaluations.

This article will discuss the 2020 Medical Mileage rate.

What is the Mileage Reimbursement Rate for 2020?

The medical mileage rate for 2020, is now $.575 cents per mile 

What Does The Rate Change Mean?

The new rate means that, regardless of your date of injury, if you incur mileage during the year of 2020, that is reimbursable, you will receive $.575, per mile.

What About Mileage Reimbursement for Prior Years, Are They Going To Be Paid At That Rate?

Reimbursement Rates are determined by the date that you incurred the mileage. Therefore, if you incurred mileage reimbursements for the year 2019, you should use the 2019, date of injury rate.

Rates for some of the prior years are as follows:

2019 – $.58

2018 – $.545

2017 – $.535

2016 – $.54

2015 – $.575

What is To Be Reimbursed?

Per the DIR, “[i]f you have to travel to get treatment for your work injury, you are entitled to re-payment of your travel costs. The mileage rate is 57.5 cents ($.575) per mile. Mileage for reasonable travel to the pharmacy, parking, bridge tolls, public transportation and other travel-related costs are also included.”

You need to submit them into the carrier that is adjusting your claim. If you would like the form that you can use, click on the link below.

https://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/I&A_mileageForm.pdf

The DIR also recommends that you should attach receipts. If your travel costs are not paid within 60 days, you should contact the carrier or your attorney to see if there is a problem.

Am I to Be Reimbursed for Attending WCAB Hearings?

No. You are not allowed to be reimbursed for mileage and/or parking costs to attend a workers’ compensation hearing.

Am I to Be Reimbursed for Attending My Deposition?

Yes. You are entitled to be reimbursed for mileage and/or parking to attend your deposition.

If My Claim Is Denied, Am I Entitled to Reimbursement?

No. For medical treatment, you are not entitled to reimbursement. For your deposition or Medical Evaluation by an Agreed Medical Examiner or Qualified Medical Examiner, you are entitled to reimbursement. Frequently, Defense Attorney Law Firms or the Carrier issue payment in advance of these appointments.

Where Can I Get Legal Advice in California?

If you would like a free consultation regarding workers’ compensation, please contact the Law Offices of Edward J. Singer, a Professional Law Corporation.
They have been helping people in Central and Southern California deal with their worker’s compensation cases for 26 years. Contact us today for more information.

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