You probably know that workers’ compensation should pay for your doctor visits while you are unable to work. But what most injured employees don’t realize is that workers’ comp can pay for so much more—leaving workers with more money in their pockets to pay for food, rent, and bills.
Under the California workers’ compensation law, injured workers are entitled to “all medical treatment necessary to cure or relieve the effects of your industrial injury.” This covers your doctor visits and specialist referral appointments, but also health care costs you may not have considered, including:
- Hospital costs – If you required surgery or an inpatient recovery, the length of your stay should be covered, including any bills for lab tests, x-rays, MRIs, and other diagnostic procedures.
- Prescriptions – Your medicines should be paid for through workers’ comp, but also any medical devices you need to cope with the effects of your injury.
- Mileage – Many patients are unaware that they can be reimbursed for mileage costs for driving to and from doctor appointments, the pharmacy, and medical evaluations.
Sadly, these costs will only be covered while you qualify for disability payments through workers’ compensation. If your injury does not improve within the two-year time limit, you may wish to consider a settlement to retain your right of seeking future medical treatment. If successful, you may be granted payments indefinitely for future recovery and palliative care, such as physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, alternative therapies.
At the Ledgerwood Law Group, we know how important it is to stay informed to get maximum compensation in a work injury case. Browse our articles to find out how to get the most out of your workers' comp doctor visits, or click the link on this page to request a FREE copy of our guide: The Northern California Workers’ Compensation Survival Manual.
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