Douglass & Runger - June 2020

THE BEST WAYS TO HELP LOCAL NONPROFITS IN CHALLENGING TIMES

Over the past several months, families, businesses, and nonprofits have had to navigate life in this challenging “new normal,” and it can be hard to support your favorite nonprofits when times are tough. Here are a few ways you can help these important entities, even when you don’t have resources to spare right now.

budget may be tight. Instead, consider cleaning out your closet. What clothes, shoes, or other accessories can you part with? What about dishware or small appliances? When you clean out your home and donate unused items, you benefit those in the community who need them most. Volunteer In a time of social distancing, volunteering may be discouraged, but nonprofits still need volunteers to operate. The good news is that many nonprofits need volunteers for positions that maintain social distance, such as driving. Food banks and kitchens need drivers to pick up donations or ingredients from donors and to deliver food to people in need, such as the elderly or those with disabilities.

Donate While many people donate generously during the holiday season, remember that nonprofits need donations throughout the year, and different nonprofits need different things. A monetary donation can often go a long way, but never feel obligated to give money, especially when your The First Steps The moments following an accident can be dizzying, complex, and difficult. While you grapple with what has happened, taking a few key steps can be vital to ensuring you are protected in the future. First, ensure you receive the medical attention you need. Your main priority after an accident should be to protect your health and safety, and the best way to do that is to seek medical attention immediately, even if you “feel fine” following the accident. You could have underlying injuries that may spark chronic conditions in the future, and getting a medical checkup immediately after your accident could benefit you should you pursue a personal injury claim.

Advocate Even if you don’t have time or resources to give, you can become an advocate for important causes around your community. While it might not seem like much, sharing information about local nonprofits on social media can make a genuine difference. Nonprofits need exposure, which is greatly boosted through community support. Sharing useful information about nonprofits — or sharing their posts — increases their visibility so more people will take action.

AFTER AN AUTO ACCIDENT

Next, gather information. Immediately write down your recollection of the events as they unfolded. There will be no other time when you will remember the facts quite as well as you will in the moments following your accident. These notes regarding what happened to cause the wreck, or how you physically felt after the wreck, could prove beneficial in the future. You should also obtain the names and contact information of witnesses and those involved in the accident and take photographs of the scene and your injuries. As you do this, be mindful of how you speak to the other parties involved in the accident. Phrases like “I’m sorry” or “I didn’t see you” could under certain circumstances potentially jeopardize your claim. Stick to the facts, speak clearly, and offer a detailed account of what you remember when speaking to the police. If you are unable to gather this information as a result of your injuries or due to safety concerns, then ask law enforcement for help. Finally, seek legal representation as soon as possible. Our legal team at Douglass & Runger can guide you through the complex steps necessary to obtain the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and property damage as a result of the wreck. Your main focus should be on moving forward and healing, and as the experts, our attorneys strive to ensure you are not taken advantage of by insurance companies, are given a fair chance at justice, and can move forward with minimal stress.

Contact our team 901-388-5805 if you are in need of legal assistance after an accident, and learn more about our other practice areas at DouglassRunger.com.

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