Deadlines and other important information
Workers must notify the employer when hurt within 30 days of injury. Workers should report the injury to the Board as soon as possible but have up to two years to file a claim for a work-related injury or illness. Families of workers killed by a workplace incident have up to two years to file a claim for a work-related death. A person disabled by a work-related occupational disease receives the same benefits as for an on-the job injury. However, the time limit for filing a claim is the later of two dates:
- Two years from the date of the disabled worker’s disability; or
- Two years from the time the disabled worker knew or should have known that the disease was due to the nature of employment.
In the event of occupational loss of hearing, other time limits apply. The waiting period for a worker to file a claim is the choice of:
- Three months from the date the worker is removed from the harmful noise in the workplace; or
- Three months after leaving the employment in which the exposure to the harmful noise occurred.
The last day of either 3-month period is considered the date the disability began. The worker may file beyond the two-year limit, if it is done within ninety days of knowledge that the hearing loss is related to his/her employment.