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Workers' Compensation - DOES

The Workers' Compensation Program processes claims and monitors the payment of benefits to injured private-sector employees in the District of Columbia.  Disputes between claimants and employers (or their insurance carriers) are mediated and employers are monitored to ensure compliance with insurance coverage requirements. The program administers the special/second injury fund, which provides benefits in cases of uninsured employers or in instances where an injury combines with a pre-existing disability to cause a substantially greater disability.  Also, the program approves lump-sum settlements, assesses penalties and fines for non-compliance with the law and monitors vocational rehabilitation.

How to File a Claim

  • Report job-related injury or illness promptly to employer.
  • Report job-related injury or illness in writing to the Office of Workers’ Compensation within 30 days of occurrence or awareness.
  • Complete the DCWC Form 7 [PDF].  The form can be obtained from the employer, insurance carrier, or Office of Workers' Compensation.
  • Keep a copy of the completed form for your records, file a copy with your employer and send the original to the Office of Workers' Compensation.
  • DCWC Form 7A [PDF]  must be filed within one year after injury or death.  The form can be obtained from the employer, insurance carrier, or the Office of Workers' Compensation.

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The Workers' Compensation Program is managed and administered through the Office of Workers' Compensation. For more information, contact the following:

DC Department of Employment Services
Labor Standards Bureau
Office of Workers' Compensation
4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE, Third Floor
Washington, DC 20019
Phone: (202) 671-1000
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5 pm