Injured Employee to Get Medical Treatment at the Expense of Employer-Carrier
In Mobley v. Jack & Son Plumbing, 170 So. 2d 41 (Fla. 1964), the Court held that a provision of the Workers' Compensation Law, ch. 440, Fla. Stat. (1963), requiring employer coverage of "such remedial treatment, care and attendance as the injury shall require," had to be interpreted to include reasonable travel expenses incurred by the employee in presenting himself at the place where treatment was provided. 170 So. 2d at 47. As we stated in Mobley:
There can be no doubt that the Legislature intended that an injured employee be given medical treatment at the expense of the employer-carrier and without expense to himself.
This legislative intent would not be fully accomplished if the employee were required to pay his own travel expenses necessarily incurred in obtaining medical treatment.
Considering the purposes of the Workmen's Compensation Act and the benefits to be given injured employees by its terms, we conclude that travel expenses necessarily incurred in enjoying the medical benefits provided by the Act are an incident of medical care and treatment.
Therefore, the employer-carrier must either furnish such transportation or pay claimant the reasonable actual cost thereof. Id