Q & A – Who pays for the time an injured worker misses work to visit the workers’ compensation medical provider?

Q: Who pays for the time an injured worker misses work to visit the workers’ compensation medical provider?

A: The time an injured worker misses from his or her regular workday due to medical appointments is considered lost time.  The employer or insurer should pay for this lost time.  The employer should pay for time spent attending the first medical appointment.  When an employee is eligible for temporary disability payments for lost time (after the three-day waiting period) he or she should be paid temporary disability payments for the time that is lost from work.