You have one (1) year from the date of your accident to file an application for benefits to open your claim. Applications for occupational disease claims must be filed within two (2) years of learning you have a work-related disease. The application has a section for you to complete and a portion for your doctor to fill out. The sooner you file the application for benefits, the sooner the Department will be able to provide benefits. Please remember your employer is not required to file an application of benefits for you, even where they have notice of your accident.