Pittston, PA asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania

Q: Is my employer required to pay me to go to doctor visits? I don't think I will be out long enough for comp to pay me.

I will only be out of work for 2 or 3 days.

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Mark A. Buterbaugh
Mark A. Buterbaugh
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  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Carlisle, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Generally, no they are not. If you have to attend an Independent Medical Exam by the insurance carrier, and drive yourself, then yes, they must reimburse you for that. The issue revolves around treatment is considered local. If treatment is available locally, then you are not entitled to reimbursement for travel expenses, except in extraordinary circumstances. “Locally” means less than 100 miles. That does not mean that you will get reimbursed if over 100 miles. There are specific rules. I suggest you speak to an experienced workers compensation attorney to help guide you.

Glenn Neiman and Timothy Belt agree with this answer

Glenn Neiman
Glenn Neiman
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  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Warminster, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: First, an injured worker is not entitled to any wage loss benefits unless he or she is out of work for seven days (if out 13 days or more, then it is retroactive to the first day). Second, time lost to medical treatment is generally not compensable unless it is for treatment that cannot be obtained outside of work hours (an aspect of the Act I hate - how is that fair, forcing an injured worker to use his or her own time to treat for a work injury?). Good luck!

Timothy Belt and Mark A. Buterbaugh agree with this answer

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