What do I do if the Department rejects my claim or denies benefits on my claim?

All Department orders must contain the following language:

This order shall become final within 60 days from the date the order is communicated to the parties unless a written request for reconsideration is filed with the Department of Labor & Industries, Olympia, or an appeal is filed with the board of industrial insurance appeals, Olympia. Any decision made by the Department of Labor & Industries by formal written order will become final within 60 days of the date of receipt, unless protested in writing to the Department of Labor & Industries or appealed in writing to the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals.

You must file a written protest or appeal to the Department of Labor & Industries or the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals within 60 days. Without a protest or appeal within those 60 days, you cannot receive the benefits addressed by the Department's order.