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.

When people are involved in a car accident and decide to bring forward a claim for compensation, one of the first things they ask is, “How much will I get?” The final settlement of a car accident claim involves a multitude of factors, and it’s very difficult to determine ahead of time exactly how much you will receive for the damages you’ve incurred.

However, you can use the facts below to get a general estimate of how much your claim might be worth. This will in turn give you a better idea of whether the insurance company is offering you a settlement that is fair or too low.

Calculate Your Medical Expenses

Medical expenses are one of the largest parts of a personal injury claim, and they’re the easiest to calculate. Simply add up all your medical bills and if you win your case, you’re highly likely to get at least that amount awarded to you.

Calculating future medical expenses can be more difficult and typically requires an expert forensic financial advisor to accurately assess, based on a variety of factors, what your future medical expenses are likely to be.

Calculate Vehicle Damage

After being involved in a car accident, your vehicle is likely to be damaged. Vehicle damage is another economic damage that is easy to calculate. Obtain a few different quotes from auto mechanics and body shops on the estimated cost to restore your vehicle to its working condition prior to the accident.

Calculate Lost Wages

Add up all the time you’ve missed from work and your hourly rate to get a basic idea of how much you could be looking at in compensation for those lost wages. However, keep in mind that calculating the total financial impact of an injury that puts you out of work is more than just adding up the hourly rate for your missed time. You need to keep in mind any paid time off, vacation time, and/or benefits that you may have earned if you had been working at that time.

When to Contact a Car Accident Lawyer

There are many more damages that need to be accounted for when putting together a car accident claim, including pain and suffering, psychological damage, physical disfigurement, and punitive damages when appropriate. These values simply cannot be calculated without the help of an experienced car accident attorney.

At Guest & Brady, you can speak with a car accident lawyer that is well versed in how to calculate total damages after a vehicle crash and can provide you with compassionate, zealous legal representation. Contact us today for a consultation to discuss filing a car accident claim in detail by calling (864) 233-7200.

Seat belts are required by law in all 50 states, including South Carolina. However, these laws aren’t just to give law enforcement the ability to ticket people who aren’t wearing seat belts and earn more revenue. Wearing a seat belt has actually been statistically proven to reduce the risk of injury and death in the event of a car accident. Here are 5 reasons why seat belt laws could save your life.

1. Wearing a Seat Belt Reduces the Risk of Injury Significantly

According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, wearing a lap and shoulder seat belt correctly reduces the risk of fatal injuries to individuals in the front of the car by a whopping 40%. The risk of moderate to critical injuries is reduced by 50%. The risk is reduced even more for drivers and front seat passengers in light trucks – when a seat belt is properly worn, the risk of injury is reduced by 60-65%.

2. Seat belts Save More Lives Than Any Other Car Safety Mechanism

In 2014 alone, seat belts saved approximately 12,802 lives. No other car safety mechanism, including airbags, save as many lives as seat belts do.

3. Every Year in South Carolina, More Lives Could Be Saved by Wearing Seat belts

Statistics show that in South Carolina alone, if 90% of people on the road wore their seat belts, 108 more lives could be saved and over 1000 serious injuries could be prevented every year. Additionally, the reduction of fatalities and injuries in South Carolina car accidents could save the state an estimated $247 million in costs. Across the United States, 90% seat belt compliance could amount to 1600 saved lives and the prevention of 22,000 critical injuries.

4. Ejected Individuals Are More Likely to Be Killed in a Car Accident

The most common thing to occur during a car accident when someone is not wearing a seat belt is the individual being ejected from the vehicle due to the force of the collision. People who are ejected from the vehicle are four times more likely to be killed than those who are not, especially in vehicle rollover accidents.

5. No Other Driver Behavior Contributes to Car Accident Fatalities Than Not Wearing a Seat Belt

Less fatalities are caused by speeding, drunk driving, reckless driving, and other dangerous driving behaviors than fatalities caused by not wearing a seat belt. By buckling up, you’re significantly reducing your risk of death or critical injuries in the event a car accident occurs.

A seat belt isn’t a fashion accessory or an optional device. South Carolina seat belt laws exist to save lives, and by wearing a seat belt and insisting that your passengers wear seat belts – especially children – can prevent life threatening and deadly injuries no matter what type of car accident you are involved in.

If you have been injured in a car accident, whether you were wearing your seat belt or not, it is important to determine whether the car accident was caused by the negligence of someone else or manufacturer defects in the vehicle itself. If so, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact Guest & Brady, LLC today at (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.

In 2014 the United States lost over 4,000 lives to motorcycle accidents. South Carolina alone lost 121. Many of these deaths could have been prevented by wearing a Department of Transportation approved helmet. The evidence points to helmets reducing the likelihood of economic, physical, and emotional damage caused by a motorcycle accident. Here are the 4 major benefits of wearing a helmet:

1. Helmets Do Not Pose Any Risk

The choice to wear or not wear a helmet is often presented as one of personal responsibility. Under South Carolina law only riders under the age of 20 are required to wear a helmet while on a motorcycle, leading many adults to choose not to wear one.

One of the most common arguments against wearing a helmet is that they reduce sight and hearing significantly, making motorcycle riders a danger to other drivers. Another claim often made is that helmets can cause injuries during a high-speed impact. However, according to the CDC, neither of these claims are true. DOT approved helmets do not decrease visibility nor increase injury in the event of a motorcycle accident. As a result, wearing a helmet is often the wiser decision.

2. Helmets Can Reduce the Chance of Injury

Helmets often prevent serious injuries, specifically to the brain which is extremely vulnerable in a high speed motorcycle crash. Traumatic brain injuries, such as contusions or brain bleeding, can severely affect quality of life by hindering mobility, memory, or speech. Basic everyday tasks can become difficult or impossible with a TBI. Doctors link TBIs to an increased risk of developing epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. Even a concussion, a mild form of TBI, can cause cumulative damage.

CDC estimates claim that wearing a helmet could reduce the chances or severity of a TBI by 69%. Certain types of helmets may also protect against facial injuries by limiting exposure during a crash.

3. Wearing a Helmet Could Save You Money

Motorcycle accidents and the resulting health care for victims can be expensive. Medical costs alone are often a heavy financial blow, not including the lost wages and rehabilitation that can follow a serious injury. By reducing the chances of serious injury, helmets can also reduce the monetary damages involved in a collision. The CDC estimates that helmets save the states billions of dollars in health care and could save individual victims several thousand dollars.

4. Helmets Can Save Your Life

Of the 121 motorcycle accident fatalities in South Carolina, 95 of the victims were not wearing a helmet. If the state had 100% helmet compliance, it might have saved as many as 36 additional people—about a third. Helmets may have already saved 15 people involved in a motorcycle crash. Head injuries are the leading cause of death in motorcycle accidents, and helmets could reduce the chances of fatal head injuries by as much as 42%. Nationwide, helmets might have saved as many as 1,630 people in 2013 alone.

Even while wearing a helmet, you could still be injured in a motorcycle crash. If you’ve been injured or you’ve lost someone in a fatal motorcycle accident, don’t delay in getting help from an experienced accident attorney.

At Guest & Brady, we can assist you in dealing with insurance companies and injury law to help get you the settlement you need with competent legal knowledge. Contact us today for a consultation to discuss filing a motorcycle accident claim in detail by calling (864) 233-7200.