Mileage Reimbursement For Snowbirds Returning To Connecticut For Medical Treatment

John Evensen v. City of Stamford, et al.,  5541CRB-7-104 (March 31, 2011) 

A Stamford police officer retired to Florida after having suffered numerous compensable injuries.  The trial commissioner awarded mileage reimbursement for three trips in which he had driven back to Connecticut for medical treatment, subject to proof that he had attended such visits, and further, the respondent was directed to pay for prospective trips using the most inexpensive mode of transportation available. 

The CRB vacated the award with regard to the past trips holding that the claimant is entitled to return to Connecticut for medical care under §31-312 if such treatment is reasonable and necessary, but the claimant must seek the approval of the respondents or the commissioner prior to embarking on the trip.  The CRB upheld the trial commissioner’s ruling concerning prospective trips so long as the claimant and respondent coordinate the trip for reasonable and necessary treatment prior to the commencement of travel.

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