What is the criteria for a valid workers' compensation claim?

  • ​Timely Filing - filed within one year of the injury date or within two years for an occupational disease
  • Causal Relationship - a medical opinion relating the condition diagnosed to the incident or exposure on a more probable (50%) than not basis
  • Course of Employment - the employee is acting at his or her employers' direction or furthering the employer's business

​There are two types of claims:

  • An injury claim is defined as: a sudden traumatic event, occurring from without (an external cause) that produces an immediate result and conditions arising from it
  • An occupational disease claim is defined as: a disease that arises naturally and proximately out of employment