If you have been injured at work in Alabama, your employer or their insurance company must pay you mileage for your trips to rehabilitation and medical appointments. Code of Alabama, 1975, Section 25-5-77(f) provides that “The employer shall pay mileage costs to and from medical and rehabilitation providers at the same rate as provided by law for official state travel.” The rate is adjusted based upon an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. The mileage reimbursement rate in Alabama has now been set at $0.54 per mile with an effective date of January 1, 2016.
If you have been injured, and are covered by worker’s compensation in Alabama, it is your responsibility to keep up with and submit your mileage information to your employer or their insurance carrier. Calculating mileage reimbursement is very simple. Keep track of all trips to and from medical appointments. Add up the total miles and multiple by .54. Provide the information to your employer or adjuster.
Many insurance companies and employers fail to tell their injured employees that they have to reimburse them for their mileage. Sometimes insurance companies fail to pay mileage reimbursement or intentionally slow down the process of reimbursement. This can create a situation where the injured worker cannot afford to get to his approved appointments. If this is happening to you, we recommend you send mileage requests directly to the insurance company. Certified mail is recommended, since many companies deny that they received the requests.
If you are unable to drive to an appointment, or do not have transporation, your employer may also have to provide transportation to and from your medical appointment. If you have questions about your workers compensation case, call Ferguson & Ferguson now. We offer free consultations to all injured workers in the State of Alabama. Call 256-534-3435.