Each year, the Workers' Compensation Division issues a Bulletin that sets out the rates for reimbursement for travel and other expenses that we incur when treating for an on-the-job injury.
As of the end of 2014, the mileage rate for using your private vehicle to travel to and from medical appointments was 57.5 cents per mile. In 2014, the mileage rate was 56.0 cents per mile, and in 2013, the mileage rate was 56.5 cents per mile.
You are also entitled to reimbursement for meals, but you must have a receipt. As of October 1, 2014, the standard rate for reimbursement for meals is $11.50 for a breakfast, the same amount for a lunch, and $23.00 for dinner.
The standard rate for lodging is $83.00. However, we all know that a cost a lot more to stay overnight in certain parts of Oregon, especially during the tourist season. For example, if you are staying in Clatsop County between July and the end of August, your lodging rate will increase to $148.00 per night, and the meal rate increases to $51.00 for dinner.
If you are traveling out of state, the Bulletin provides information on how to calculate lodging and meal expenses.
Here is something else to note. If you need special transportation or lodging, then the allowable reimbursement rates can exceed what is published in the Bulletin. You can also claim the cost of parking fees and toll charges.
Keep in mind that you have two years of the date you incurred these expenses to submit a claim for reimbursement.
Questions? Call us at 503-325-8600. We help injured workers every day find their way through the claim.