You are responsible for giving your employer notice of your injury or illness and you must file an Application for Benefits to open a claim.
You should notify your employer when you suffer an on-the-job injury or illness. Many employers, however, do not notify the Department of Labor and Industries of injuries to their workers. It is your responsibility to make sure that you file an application for benefits in a timely manner. You can get an application from your doctor’s office, from your employer or from the Department.