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Court of Appeals addresses medical transportation costs

ZCD Transportation sued State Farm to collect transportation costs it incurred taking Arnold Grinblatt to medical appointments after Grinblatt was injured.  After analyzing the relationship between the parties, the Court held that:

    1.  ZCD could not charge for mileage beyond those miles when Grinblatt was in the vehicle (that it, it could not charge for the mileage incurred traveling to pick him up, for example).

    2.  ZCD could not charge mileage for incidental personal non-medical errands.

    3.  ZCD could charge a reasonable fee for those expenses that were necessary involved in providing medical transportation.  Thus, it was reasonable, as a "medical expense," to charge a fee for coming to pick Grinblatt up.  The fee must be reasonable, however, and must be categorized separately from "medical mileage."

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