Instructions for Pro Se Litigants
As an employee, you may hire an attorney or act as your own attorney when proceeding before the IWCC. If you do not hire an attorney (called "pro se" or "for oneself"), you will need to become familiar with both the procedural rules and substantive law that apply to your case. Please refer to the following resources for more information.
The IWCC implemented CompFile, an electronic filing system for workers' compensation cases. You can learn about CompFile and review user manuals, frequently asked questions, and instructional videos on the CompFile Implementation page.
Effective April 21, 2021, attorneys and pro se litigants must electronically file all cases and documents in CompFile. Prior to filing any document electronically with the IWCC, users are required to register for an account with CompFile. Please refer to the following information to gain access to CompFile.
Pro Se Settlement Contracts
The parties to a pro se settlement must appear at a hearing before an Arbitrator prior to approval of the settlement contract. Learn more about the process for seeking approval of a pro se settlment contract.