2015 ORS § 656.265¹
Notice of accident from worker

(1)(a) Notice of an accident resulting in an injury or death shall be given immediately by the worker or a beneficiary of the worker to the employer, but not later than 90 days after the accident. The employer shall acknowledge forthwith receipt of such notice.

(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a) of this subsection, if an injured worker has not submitted a claim under this chapter but has submitted a claim to a health benefit plan that provides benefits to the worker, and the health benefit plan rejects the claim as being work related, the injured worker may file a claim under this section within 90 days from the date the health benefit plan rejects the claim. If a claim filed under this section is denied, the workers compensation insurer or self-insured employer shall inform the health benefit plan of the denial and the health benefit plan shall process the claim for payment in accordance with the terms, conditions and benefits of the plan.

(2) The notice need not be in any particular form. However, it shall be in writing and shall apprise the employer when and where and how an injury has occurred to a worker. A report or statement secured from a worker, or from the doctor of the worker and signed by the worker, concerning an accident which may involve a compensable injury shall be considered notice from the worker and the employer shall forthwith furnish the worker a copy of any such report or statement.

(3) Notice shall be given to the employer by mail, addressed to the employer at the last-known place of business of the employer, or by personal delivery to the employer or to a foreman or other supervisor of the employer. If for any reason it is not possible to so notify the employer, notice may be given to the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services and referred to the insurer or self-insured employer.

(4) Failure to give notice as required by this section bars a claim under this chapter unless the notice is given within one year after the date of the accident and:

(a) The employer had knowledge of the injury or death;

(b) The worker died within 180 days after the date of the accident; or

(c) The worker or beneficiaries of the worker establish that the worker had good cause for failure to give notice within 90 days after the accident.

(5) The issue of failure to give notice must be raised at the first hearing on a claim for compensation in respect to the injury or death.

(6) The director shall promulgate and prescribe uniform forms to be used by workers in reporting their injuries to their employers. These forms shall be supplied by all employers to injured workers upon request of the injured worker or some other person on behalf of the worker. The failure of the worker to use a specified form shall not, in itself, defeat the claim of the worker if the worker has complied with the requirement that the claim be presented in writing. [1965 c.285 §30a; 1971 c.386 §2; 1981 c.854 §18; 1995 c.332 §29; 2003 c.707 §1; 2015 c.259 §1]