Question: Does an employer have to pay an employee with a work-related injury for missed time due to medical appointments?

Answer: Typically the first date of injury is paid based upon regularly schedule work hours, regardless of how many hours were worked before or after the injury. Many states have adopted that an employer needs to pay an individual only the hours actually worked beyond the first day of injury.

For example, if an employee returns to work, but continues medical treatment, employers would not be required to pay an employee for the time off to go for medical appointments. The employer is only required to allow the individual the time off if medical appointments are scheduled during normal working hours.

We encourage you to reach out to your carrier, as there may be wage replacement benefits and mileage reimbursement through the workers’ compensation policy if time taken is for a medical evaluation related to the claim.