Title 34, Chapter 9, Section 100
(a) Subject to Code Section 34-9-82, a claim for compensation may be filed with the board at any time following an injury or death. The board and its administrative law judges shall have full authority to hear and determine all questions with respect to such claims.
(b) The board shall make or cause to be made any investigation or
mediation it considers necessary and, upon its own motion or
application of any interested party, order a hearing thereon and
assign the claim to an administrative law judge for review.
Furthermore, the board may direct the parties to participate in
mediation conducted under the supervision and guidance of the board.
(c) On or after July 1, 1985, any application for hearing filed with
the board pursuant to this Code section for which no hearing is
conducted for a period of five years shall automatically stand
(d) Any claim, notice, or appeal required by this chapter to be
filed with the board shall be deemed filed on the earlier of: (1)
the date such claim or notice is actually received by the board; or
(2) the official postmark date such claim or notice was mailed to
the board, properly addressed with postage prepaid, by registered or
certified mail or statutory overnight delivery.