There are a number of requirements that must be met in order to have a compensable Illinois workers' compensation claim. These are set forth in the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission’s Request for Hearing form, which is filed before an arbitration hearing. You can find a copy of the form on the Commission's website. IWCC PDF. To
Illinois workers' compensation benefits are only available to claimants that have an employment relationship with the respondent (defendant). In other words, you must be an employee to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. This may seem obvious until you consider the difficulty in distinguishing employees from independent contractors. Unfortunately, there is no simple rule for doing so.