Medical Benefits You May Not Know You Have Under Idaho’s Workers’ Compensation Law
If you were injured in a workplace accident, you are entitled to have all medical bills associated with your injuries paid for under your workers’ compensation benefits. This includes the bills for your doctor visits, any specialists you need to see, hospitalization, physical therapy, and medications. These are the obvious expenses you can receive. However, this may not cover all your expenses. You may need to travel far to obtain the medical care you need. You may even need to spend the night in a hotel. Are you expected to pay these costs yourself?
Medical Benefits You May Not Realize You Have
Idaho’s workers’ compensation benefits entitle you to reimbursement for some expenses you might not think about as part of your medical benefits. These include the following:
- Transportation. The workers’ compensation insurance company may be required to provide you with transportation to where they send you for medical treatment if you are unable to get there on your own.
- Mileage. If you drive yourself to your doctor, therapist, or other medical appointments, you could be entitled to reimbursement for your mileage if the round trip totals more than 15 miles.
- Meals. If you need to eat out when receiving medical treatment, you could receive reimbursement for these expenses. The amount is set at the state-employee reimbursement rate.
- Lodging. If you need to stay at a hotel or other facility while you are receiving medical care, you could obtain reimbursement for your expenses as long as they are reasonable.
- Companion expenses. You may need a family member or friend to take you to your appointments because you are too injured to go alone or cannot drive yourself. Your companion may be entitled to reimbursement for mileage, meals, and lodging as well as you.
If you were injured on the job, you want to obtain all the workers’ compensation benefits you are entitled to. You need an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to explain them to you because your employer’s insurance company may not tell you about them. Check out my testimonials and then call me at 888.716.8021 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
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