Being involved in an accident or suffering an injury can be devastating and life changing. One thing is for sure – being involved in an accident isn’t cheap. You and your family have likely been inundated with extensive medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and more.

Understanding the difference between economic and non-economic damages in a personal injury claim is key to maximizing your total settlement.

What Are Economic Damages?

Economic damages are those which are easy to calculate. They are specific monetary damages you and your family incur after the accident or injury.

Examples of economic damages can include but are not limited to:

  • Medical, including ambulance, hospital, surgical, medication, and physical therapy expenses
  • The cost of repairs to a damaged vehicle, motorcycle, or bicycle
  • Lost wages for the time you missed work due to the incident
  • Lost wages for any family members who also needed to take off work to take care of you or to help you recover
  • Funeral expenses in the event that a loved one passed away in an accident

In order to calculate economic damages, a personal injury lawyer simply needs to add up the figures presented on medical bills, invoices, and other documentation to arrive at a figure for total economic damages.

What Are Non-Economic Damages?

Non-economic damages are more difficult to calculate. These damages are not monetary in nature in and of themselves. However, the only legal remedy for these damages is to provide compensation. So an attorney must look at what type of non-economic damages the injured individual and/or his family may have suffered and assign a fair monetary value.

Examples of non-economic damages can include but are not limited to:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Psychological damage
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of consortium
  • Punitive damages

An experienced attorney is able to use specific formulas to help calculate non-economic damages in a personal injury case, so you can petition the court for the fair financial restitution you deserve for your injuries and suffering.

When to Contact a Personal Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured, it’s important that you speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. At Guest & Brady, you can speak with someone on our legal team who is well versed in personal injury law and can provide you with compassionate, zealous legal representation during your time of need. Contact us today for a consultation to discuss filing a personal injury claim in detail by calling (864) 233-7200.

Work injuries are common in many jobs, and can range from minor to severe and in some cases, life threatening or death. Some workplaces are more inherently dangerous than others, such as construction sites versus offices, however, an injury can happen at just about any work place, at any time. Here’s what you need to know about work injuries and how to get the legal help you need after being injured on the job.

Back Injuries

Back injuries are one of the most frequently sustained types of work injuries. Back injuries can not only occur as a result of repeated heavy lifting and improper lifting techniques (such as lifting with the back instead of the legs), but these injuries can also occur in individuals who sit for a large majority of their work day. While a back injury due to lifting may be a sudden, painful strain, back injuries due to sitting take time to develop and may not necessarily be connected to the job right away.

Falling Object Injuries

In many construction-type jobs and factories, falling objects are a real concern. Objects like tools can easily fall off a roof or scaffolding and strike someone below, usually in the head. Hard hats are generally a requirement on most work sites, but injuries can occur even when hard hats are being worn. The heavier the object and the higher the fall, the more damage will be sustained by the injured individual.


Falls in the workplace can occur for a variety of reasons – slick flooring, debris left out in walkways, broken concrete, and other unsafe surfaces. Injuries commonly associated with slip and falls or trip and falls include broken bones, head and brain injuries, and soft tissue injuries. If a fall occurs from a high place, such as roofing or scaffolding, the chances of injury or death are much greater.

Repetitive Motion Injuries

A frequently seen repetitive motion injury is carpal tunnel syndrome. With more and more workers using computers and technology for a large portion of the work day, carpal tunnel syndrome is a concern. Carpal tunnel develops over time and can be difficult to associate with work. However, by utilizing ergonomic keyboards and computer accessories, carpal tunnel symptoms can be reduced and the condition may be prevented.

Work Related Car Accidents

If you are involved in a car accident while driving for work (not to and from work, but driving as a part of your job duties), injuries sustained in the wreck will likely be considered work related. Also, it is possible to file a claim against the at fault driver and file a worker’s compensation claim, however consulting with an experienced attorney is critical in these type claims. Additionally, even if you are determined to be at fault for a car accident while you are working then you still have a viable workers’ compensation claim.

When to Contact an Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured on the job, it’s critical that you reach out to a seasoned workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible. Work injuries can wreak havoc on a family. The loss of income, the complexity of dealing with an injury, transportation costs and timing, and the stress of how to navigate the system all make calling an experienced attorney absolutely necessary. The steps that you follow directly after the incident can have a significant impact on whether or not you are approved for benefits and what type of medical care you are able to receive. Contact Guest & Brady, LLC today to schedule a consultation to discuss your case by calling (864) 233-7200.