WANT TO HELP A VICTIM OF CRIME? THINK TWICE ABOUT SETTING UP A GOFUNDME ACCOUNT

After a tragedy, folks often gather to help out those who have suffered, any way  they can.  At one time, we probably would bake casseroles for each other and plan a church service.  Today, one of the things that I've noticed happening is that folks set up a Go Fund Me account to help cover medical or funeral expenses. 

These accounts often raise funds for the victims and may be helpful.  However,  I am concerned that sometimes they may not be as effective as other ways to help the victim or their families.  In fact, in some situations, the accounts may cause further harm to the family.

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FIVE THINGS THAT EVERY VICTIM OF CRIME SHOULD KNOW

Today’s blog post is another in the series recognizing April as National Crime Victim’s Rights Month. In today’s post I will address five things that every victim should know:

  • Medical bills can be paid by the crime victim’s fund in most states.
  • The prosecutor is not the victim’s lawyer.
  • Most cases do not go to trial.
  • Restorative Justice may provide you with more options than the conventional judicial system.
  • When an offender is incarcerated you should sign up for a notification if he or she is released.

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I WAS IN A WRECK! HOW DO I GET MY BILLS PAID?

After an accident, most of us just want to put the whole thing behind us! But how do we move on with so many bills?  A simple trip to the emergency room may result in five or six medical bills:  the ambulance, the hospital, the emergency room doctor, the radiologist and the prescriptions.  What can you do?  How can these bills be paid? 

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DAMAGES: WHAT CAN THE VICTIM EXPECT?

Recently, the horrific chemical spill near Charleston left many residents without water for weeks.  Several have already filed suit.  What types of damages will these victims seek?  What are the kinds of damages any victim of an accident recover? Most victims of negligence, whether it be from a car accident, a slip and fall, or industrial accident, can recover their medical expenses, their lost wages, and amounts to cover their pain and suffering.  

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