Van Riper & Nies Attorneys, P.A.
Florida Longshore Lawyers

Common Abbreviations


Timothy Nies


Christian Van Riper

"We fight for your rights."

Van Riper and Nies combines proactive litigation and experience in fighting for the rights of Florida Longshoremen.

Oftentimes, Longshore claims adjusters, DOL personnel and attorneys refer to abbreviations in claims brought under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. Below is a list of some common abbreviations:

    • ALJ - Administrative Law Judge
    • APA - Administrative Procedures Act
    • AWW - Average Weekly Wage
    • BRB - Benefits Review Board
    • CE - Claims Examiner
    • CEC - Claims Examiner Clerk
    • CFR - Code of Federal Regulations (Generally used when citing a specific regulation)
    • CR - Claims Representative
    • DBA - Defense Base Act (an extension of the LHWCA)
    • DD - District Director
    • DI - Disability Insurance
    • DLHWC - Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation
    • DMMI Date of Maximum Medical Improvement
    • DO - District Office
    • DOL - U.S. Department of Labor
    • EC or E/C - Employer/Carrier
    • ESA - Employment Standards Administration
    • FECA - Federal Employees' Compensation Act
    • FLSA - Fair Labor Standards Act
    • FOIA - Freedom of Information Act
    • FR - Federal Register (Generally used in citing a specific page within a Federal Register)
    • LCMS - Longshore Case Management System
    • LHWCA - Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act
    • LS - Longshore (Generally used in form designation, e.g., LS-203)
    • LT - Lost Time
    • MEMO LHWCA - Program Memorandum
    • MMI - Maximum Medical Improvement
    • MWD - Minimum Wage Determination
    • NAWW - National Average Weekly Wage
    • NFI - Non-appropriated Fund Instrumentalities
    • NIOSH - National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
    • NLT - No Lost Time
    • NO - National Office
    • OALJ - Office of Administrative Law Judges
    • OCSLA - Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
    • OD - Occupational Disease
    • OMAP - Office of Management, Administration and Planning
    • OMB - Office of Management and Budget
    • OSHA - Occupational Safety and Health Act/Administration
    • OWCP - Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
    • PM - Procedure Manual (e.g., LHWCA PM)
    • PPD - Permanent Partial Disability
    • PPI - Permanent Partial Impairment
    • PTD - Permanent Total Disability
    • RD - Regional Director OWCP
    • RS - Rehabilitation Specialist
    • SSA - Social Security Administration
    • SSN - Social Security Number
    • TPD - Temporary Partial Disability
    • TTD - Temporary Total Disability
    • USC - United States Code
    • WHA - War Hazards Compensation Act

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