Are lost wages owed for missing work for doctor’s appointments?


A lot of questions arise when an injured worker misses work during the 7 day waiting period to attend medical treatment.  The law clearly states that if a work injury causes an injured worker to miss work due to attending or traveling to and from a medical appointment, that worker is entitled to be reimbursed for the time lost based on the worker’s average daily wages.

There is no waiting period that has to be met before the injured worker’s right to this reimbursement begins.

Many times employers are not aware of this law – also sometimes the insurance company believes the employer should pay it and the employer believes the insurance company should pay it.

Nevertheless, it should be paid and if it is not then a violation of law has occurred.  Let us know if you have any questions.

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