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Medical Mileage Expense Forms

Due to taxes, other costs, and environmental regulations Californians pay more for gasoline. The distances North Staters must travel cause travel expenses, including gasoline costs and parking fees to add up quickly. Many injured workers are working on a tight budget and every dollar counts. We recommend keeping track of the mileage and related expenses pertaining to your workers’ compensation claim.

What Mileage Includes

The claims administrator must reimburse workers injured on the job for medical mileage, parking, and tolls, which includes the transportation expenses to and from the following:

  • Medical treatment/evaluations
  • Physical therapy
  • Pharmacy

California has a relatively lenient medical mileage policy compared to other states, but nothing’s a given. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help when the insurance carrier questions the submitted expenses.

Rates Change Regularly

Mileage reimbursement rates vary depending on when you have traveled. Per the Labor Code, "it is dependent upon the mileage rate adopted by the Director of the Department of Personnel Administration pursuant to Section 19820 of the Government Code, whichever is higher, plus any bridge tolls."

As you can see by the following chart, the reimbursement rate from July of 2006 to the present has changed every year (sometimes twice a year).