A workers’ compensation award is the exclusive remedy for claims arising out of compensable injuries and diseases. For this reason, workers’ compensation jurisdiction attaches only upon the filing of a claim application within the time prescribed by law. The claimant must file within the statutorily prescribed period; the filing of the claim application at any office of the Bureau of Workers’ compensation or with the Industrial Commission qualifies as the “receipt” of the claim for processing purposes. A claimant may effect a timely filing by mailing an application that is received by a Bureau employee responsible for receipt and distribution of Industrial Commission correspondence.
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