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How to Win Your Personal Injury Litigation

plaintiff-101-cover-audioWhen going through a personal injury litigation, it is hard to know who is to trust. But once you have your lawyer on retainer, it is extremely beneficial to be completely open with your attorney. Below is Takeaway #8 from the Amazon Best Seller, “Plaintiff 101″—

Takeaway #8

Do not keep any secrets from your lawyer. If something in your past may hurt your case, tell your lawyer first. In all probability, it’s not as bad as you think. Remember the lessons of history. It wasn’t the break-in that led to Richard Nixon’s downfall. It was the cover-up.

A lawsuit is a team effort between you and your law firm. To achieve a successful result, you must meet your responsibilities with your best efforts. Be open, honest and flexible throughout your case.

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How Karen Mertes is Giving Back After Her TBI

Despite sustaining a traumatic brain injury from my accident, I am the founder and president of Fulfill Your Destiny, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to helping people whose careers have been altered by injury or other unforeseen circumstances. Inspiring stories of people who have been helped can be found at www.fulfillyourdestiny.org under the Who We’ve Helped tab.

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The  proceeds from the sale of this book are directly donated to Fulfill Your Destiny.  We hope you find the information contained within these pages of our book very insightful.  Please know that your donation for this book is used to help others through Fulfill Your Destiny.

Our Mission

Fulfill Your Destiny helps people whose careers have been altered by injury or other unforeseen circumstances.  Special consideration is given to survivors living with a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Our Vision

To create the H.E.R.O. – ‘Hands Eagerly Reach Out’ movement. When we dare to care, our hands eagerly reach out to help others in need.

Imagine how strong every community could become if hands eagerly reach out to help others when and where needed.

Our Signature Program

Fulfill Your Destiny’s signature program awards ‘Business Builder Grants’ to proven entrepreneurs who have experienced life changing events to take their business to the next level.

Our Objectives

1) Keep People Working:  To provide financial support to individuals whose careers have been altered due to permanent injuries or unforeseen circumstances, including, but not limited to traumatic brain injuries for the purpose of obtaining vocational counseling, educational or occupational retraining.

2) Inspire and Motivate:  To educate others about those personal challenges facing any of us suffering injuries that permanently changes our lives. How we confront our challenges is the key to the core motto of Fulfill Your Destiny: Character Drives Destiny. We teach people that we are all defined by our character, which compels us to pick up the pieces and carry on when confronted with tremendous obstacles.

3) Build Awareness and Educate:  To offer assistance – educational, financial, volunteer time and/or in-kind services directly to individuals and other non-profit corporations, to increase awareness of traumatic brain injuries and to support those who have experienced TBIs.

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The Sobering Look Behind The Effects of Drunk Driving

Not many people think about what could happen when they drive drunk. You could not only ruin your live, but the lives of those in your vehicle and ones that you could possible have a collision with.

According to the CDC, about 1 in 3 traffic deaths in the United States involve drunk drivers. From 2003-2012, 8,476 drunk driving deaths occurred in the state of Florida. Although sobering statistics have the power to encourage better choices in drivers, sometimes putting a face to the figures is much more effective, and real.

karen-mertes-jacqui-saburidoTake the story of Jacqueline Saburido for example, who was burned alive by a drunk driver. Jacqueline is one of the most popular faces for drunk driving.

On September 19th, 1999, 20-year-old Jacqueline was involved in a fatal car crash along with four other friends. The group of friends were leaving a birthday party when their car was hit head-on by an 18-year-old drunk driver, who was traveling home after partying with friends.

The car in which Jacqueline rode in caught fire, causing her to suffer third degrees burns over 60% of her body. The burns were so severe that she experienced the loss of her skin, hair, nose, ears, and much of her vision. Altogether, she had endured over 120 operations.

Two of her friends were killed in the crash.

karen-mertes-jacqui-saburido-2Since being severely burned and disfigured in the crash, Jacqueline has bravely shared her story across America. In 2003, she made her first television appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, giving new meaning to what it means to be beautiful from the inside out.

She was later revealed as one of Oprah’s all-time favorite guests, of the 30,000 individuals she’s interviewed throughout the years. Her story continues to inspire many.

Jacqueline is not only the face of drunk drinking, but the face of survival.

“Plaintiff 101” is a survival story, and hopes to inspire victims of drunk driving and assist them through litigation.

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Karen’s ‘The Asset Map’ Checklists for Personal Representatives and Trustees when the tough time comes

fulfill-your-destiny-tree-text1-262817_960x332Karen’s Mom passed away very suddenly from a massive heart attack.  Karen was the executor, personal representative and trustee.  Combing the internet for resources to help, Karen didn’t find all that she needed so she created two checklists:

1) What to Do When Learning of the Passing of a Loved One


2) The Asset Map which helps you find the treasure in your business and personal life, map your assets, and prepare your family for financial freedom. 

Thank you to Independent Financial Services for licensing the right to use these two checklists to help all of their clients.  For more information, please view our Speaker Info tab and  contact Karen at karen.mertes@yahoo.com or karen@fulfillyourdestiny.org  to learn more.


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Latest Reviews for Amazon Best Seller “Plaintiff 101”

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As Karen Mertes’ life hung in the balance after a tragic car accident caused by a drunk driver, she promised to spend the rest of her life helping others if she were to survive. Despite sustaining a traumatic brain injury, Karen Mertes is the founder and president of Fulfill Your Destiny, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to helping people whose careers have been altered by injury or other unforeseen circumstances. This book is to help other personal injury survivors contemplating litigation, or already involved in litigation. You should be able to navigate these troubled waters ever so slightly easier because of our experience and advice. We’re hopeful that plaintiffs’ attorneys will see the benefit of providing this book as a teaching tool to their clients so as a team you can win your case!

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Do You Have the Jury on Your Side? Here are the facts about Burden of Proof!



The reality is, it is extremely difficult for a plaintiff to prevail at trial. Your attorney will likely tell you, that, as a plaintiff, you have the burden of proving three elements in order for a jury to even consider awarding you damages. Think of it as a three-legged stool. If any one of the legs fail, the stool falls over and your case will most certainly fail. Those three elements are as follows:

Liability: The plaintiff must prove that the defendant was negligent or operated below a reasonable standard of care or otherwise committed wrongful behavior leading to plaintiff’s injuries.

Damages: Even once the plaintiff has proved the defendant was negligent, the plaintiff must also prove she has suffered injuries, damages or losses. For example, if a plaintiff were to say that a driver was negligently swerving all over the road and came within inches of striking the pedestrian plaintiff, there would rightfully be no case, because the plaintiff escaped injury and suffered no damages, despite the extreme negligence of the defendant.

Causation: Let’s assume you have proved liability and damages. Simply stated, causation is the link the plaintiff must prove connecting liability to damages. For example, if the plaintiff were to claim she suffered chronic back pain following an injury caused by the negligence of the defendant, but the plaintiff’s medical history indicated repeated complaints and treatment for chronic back pain before this incident, the defense would have a good argument that the plaintiff failed to meet her burden of proof regarding causation. This is not an automatic game loser for the plaintiff, but it does make her case more difficult for obvious reasons.


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