Is a workers’ compensation claim the same as suing my employer?

No, filing a worker’s compensation claim is not the same as filing a lawsuit against your employer. In fact, South Carolina laws prevents an employee from filing a lawsuit against their employer and, thus, the workers’ compensation administrative system was developed to help employees who have been injured at work. Essentially, a workers’ compensation claim is an administrative claim against your employer’s insurance provider to insure you are receiving the appropriate medical and financial benefits you are entitled to. Your employer will not be held personally liable for anything surrounding your work related injury.