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An order is a written determination by L&I or the self-insured employer that affects your legal rights. Orders are issued for many purposes, to include opening or closing claims, setting wage rate, accepting or denying benefits, etc. The time period between the date the order is communicated to you and the time you must act is often 60 days. 60 days is the amount of time you have to protest or appeal in writing, that order. If you do not timely protest or appeal, then the order becomes final – and cannot be changed. See definition of “Res Judicata” in this section for further explanation and exceptions to the rule. 


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