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Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation (DLHWC)

Claimant/Injured Worker Page

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This page is designed for claimants, injured workers and beneficiaries. You will find information about our program and services, what you need to know to file a claim for a work-related injury or death benefits, what benefits are available to you, and how to contact us if you need assistance with your claim.

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Contact Us

For specific information about your case, please contact your assigned OWCP/Longshore District Office and have your OWCP case number ready. Click HERE for contact information for each office.

If you have not yet filed a claim and/or have general questions about the claims process that are not addressed in this on-line guidance, please contact the OWCP/Longshore District Office that has jurisdiction over your geographic area/claim. Click HERE for a map with the jurisdiction of each office and its contact information.

What to do if you are injured

  1. Notify your employer immediately. If you need medical treatment, ask your employer for a Form LS-1 , which authorizes treatment by a doctor of your choice.
  2. Obtain necessary medical treatment as soon as possible.
  3. Give written notice of your injury within 30 days to your employer on Form LS-201 . Notice of death must also be given within 30 days. Additional time is provided for certain hearing loss and occupational disease claims. Contact your nearest OWCP district office for additional information regarding these types of claims.
  4. File a written claim for compensation on Form LS-203 within one year after the date of injury or last payment of compensation, whichever is later. A claim for survivor benefits must be filed within one year after the date of death.

What Happens After a Claim is Filed

Medical Benefits - If you suffered an injury at work, your employer, or its insurance company, should pay for the medical treatment required for your injury.

Disability Compensation - If you lost more than three days from work and sustained wage loss, your employer, or its insurance company, should pay you compensation for the lost time. If you believe you have sustained a permanent disability or impairment as a result of your injury, you are advised to file a written claim on Form LS-203 within one year of the injury or one year from the date of last payment of compensation.

  • For more detailed information, review the Longshore and Defense Base Act "Frequently Asked Questions" available on this website. Basic information is provided pertaining to benefits you may be entitled to, which include the following: compensation for wage loss and/or permanent impairment, payment for reasonable and necessary medical treatment and vocational rehabilitation if you cannot return to your usual job. You can also find guidelines for calculation of your Average Weekly Wage (AWW) and important information concerning deadlines for filing a claim for benefits.

Document Submission - If you need to submit documentation related to your case file, you can electronically submit it to your case file for immediate receipt though the Secure Electronic Access Portal (SEAPortal). Electronically uploaded documents will be entered directly into your case and received by the Claims Examiner the same day. You can access the SEAPortal from any internet browser at: When you access the website, you will be asked to provide your case number, last name, date of birth and date of injury to upload a document. The SEAPortal will then provide you with a Tracking Number so that you can verify when OWCP has received your document.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Forms - below is a listing of Longshore forms that may be of interest to Claimants/Injured Workers

Form Number

OWCP's Form Title/Description


Request for Examination and/or Treatment


Pre-Hearing Statement


Approval of Compromise of Third Person Cause of Action


Report of Earnings


Notice of Employee's Injury or Death


Employee's Claim for Compensation


Claim for Death Benefits


Certification of Funeral Expenses


Application for Continuation of Death Benefit for Student


Claimant's Statement

Benefits and Claim Information