While there can be a number of financial costs to receiving medical treatment for your injuries, some of these expenses can be reimbursed. In addition to medical coverage provided by OHIP and any personal insurance plans you may have, you should be able to be reimbursed for some other expenses like the cost of your mileage to rehabilitation appointments.
Mileage & Treatment
The Law in Ontario states your car insurance is responsible for trips for treatment that are over 50 kilometres. This 50 kilometre rule applies if you are not catastrophically injured. If you are considered to be catastrophically injured, your car insurance company is required to pay for all of your mileage costs. This includes trips to your family doctor related to the injuries incurred in the collision, appointments with specialists, physiotherapists, chiropractors, etc. If you are not sure whether or not certain medical appointments qualify for this kind of reimbursement, speak with your lawyer and they can provide you with additional guidance.
If you are unable to drive and are currently using public transportation, keep all of your receipts for possible reimbursement. If a family member or friend is driving you to your appointment(s), keep track of the mileage.
In order to be reimbursed for these mileage expenses, you have to submit records of your mileage to your car insurance company. Although some lawyers will do this for you on your behalf, always keep track of your mileage for appointments since the day of your collision. You might also want to consider including an online map print out of the routes you drove in order to provide more information.
The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace a lawyers’ advice. Please always consult your lawyer for your legal needs.
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