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

The Claim Process


Timothy Nies


Christian Van Riper

"Justice is the Firm and Continuous Desire to Render to Everyone that Which is Due..."

Van Riper and Nies Attorneys leave no stone unturned when prosecuting injury claims for Longshoremen.

All Longshore claims are filed at the Office of Workers Compensation. Florida residents file their claims with District Director Charles Lee at the Jacksonville DOL Longshore office.

After a claim is filed with the OWCP, an investigation may be conducted. Claimants with compensable injuries should have already been receiving medical care and compensation. The Employer, through its insurance company, will typically file a notice of controversion.

The parties may request an “informal conference” with the District Director or claims examiner attempts to resolve any dispute. For example, the Carrier is not authorizing a particular physician or not paying the Longshoreman at the correct rate.

The claims examiner then issues a recommendation.  If any of the parties is not happy with this recommendation, they may appeal the matter to the Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ) by filing an LS-18.

Although we do not recommend under any circumstance, parties may also request the matter be referred to Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ) without an informal conference. Once a request is made by filing an LS-18, the claim is transferred to OALJ, where the claim will be resolved during a settlement conference for a formal hearing before an administrative law judge

For more information, please complete the form below, email us at tim@vanriperandnies.com or call us day or night at:

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954-369-0776

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561-948-5588

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772-283-8712

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