Code of the District of Columbia

§ 1–623.19. Notice of injury or death.

(a) An employee injured in the performance of his or her duty, or someone on his or her behalf, shall give notice thereof. Notice of a death believed to be related to the employment shall be given by an eligible beneficiary specified in § 1-623.33, or someone on his or her behalf. A notice of injury or death shall:

(1) Be given within 30 days after the injury or death;

(2) Be given to the immediate superior of the employee by personal delivery or by depositing it in the mail properly stamped and addressed;

(3) Be in writing;

(4) State the name and address of the employee;

(5) State the year, month, day, hour when, and the particular locality where the injury or death occurred;

(6) State the cause and nature of the injury, or in the case of death, the employment factors believed to be the cause;

(7) Be signed by and contain the address of the individual giving the notice; and

(8) Be accompanied by a form approved by the Mayor authorizing access to all related medical and earnings data concerning the claimant.

(b) Failure to give the notice shall not bar any claim under this chapter:

(1) If the employer or the Disability Compensation Fund had actual knowledge of the injury or death and its relationship to the employment and the employer has not been prejudiced by failure to give the notice;

(2) If the Mayor or his or her designee excuses the failure on the ground that for some satisfactory reason the notice could not be given; or

(3) Unless objection to the failure is not raised before the Mayor at the first hearing of a claim for compensation relating to the injury or death at the Department of Employment Services.

(c) The time limitations in this section shall not apply to:

(1) A minor until he or she reaches 21 years of age or has had a legal representative appointed; or

(2) An incompetent individual while he or she is incompetent and has no duly appointed legal representative.