Naturally, being unable to work is going to place you in a financial bind while your injury is healing. Expenses can add up. In Georgia, some of these expenses may be covered by the Employer/Insurer. Others may not be covered, so it is good to know just what expenses might be reimbursed to you.
If you drive or ride in a personal vehicle to and from your doctor’s appointments, the mileage will be reimbursed to you at the rate of 56.5 cents per mile. If you take public transportation those expenses may be reimbursed. Expenses for taxis to and from medical appointments may also be reimbursed. In certain situations, meals and lodging may be reimbursed to you. For example, if your medical appointments take you away from home and require you to spend the night in a motel this may be an expense that will be reimbursed. These expenses are covered only if they are deemed necessary and appropriate in order for you to receive quality medical care.
In situations where expenses may be reimbursed, it is important for you to be a good record keeper. Save receipts and keep a log of your odometer readings with the dates that you traveled. Without receipts and good records, you most likely will not be reimbursed by the employer/insurer. It is very important that you submit documentation of your approved expenses within a year’s time of incurring the expenses. Otherwise, your right to reimbursement is lost.
Reimbursements for approved medical expenses will be made within 15 days of submission. This is required by the law of the State Board of Workers’ Compensation. If the reimbursement of expenses is not paid on time, penalties can be added to the amount to be reimbursed.
Many of our clients find that record keeping is difficult to do while they are healing from their injury. This is an area of your claim that we are happy to assist you with.
For more information on about whether an expense is reimbursable and for any questions that you have about Atlanta work injury compensation, contact J. Franklin Burns, P.C., at 1-404-303-7770.