I am traveling to and from doctor and physical therapy appointments a couple times a week. Gas expenses are killing me. Is there anything I can do?

You are entitled to be reimbursed for mileage to and from your medical appointments under the Iowa Workers' Compensation laws. Currently, the rate of reimbursement per mile is 55 cents. The Iowa Workers' Compensation Insurance carrier should have told you that you are entitled to be paid mileage and actually paid you this rate. In my experience, it is typical for Iowa Work Comp insurance companies to ignore this obligation to reimburse for mileage expense.  It is not up to them whether to pay for mileage or not. They are required by Iowa law to provide this money to you for an accepted Iowa Work Comp claim. Several of my clients who have sustained work related injuries are financially in a very difficult position, and the failure to pay mileage only further compounds the problems. You must carefully keep track of your mileage for all trips related to your work injury medical care so that you can submit them and be paid. You may need to seek assistance from an Iowa Workers' Compensation lawyer, such as Pothitaks Law Firm, P.C., if you find that the Iowa Workers' Compensation carrier does not pay for mileage expenses in a timely manner. We can provide a free initial consultation to discuss this problem.