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4 Reasons Why You Lost Your Personal Injury Case

People often file personal injury cases with serious misconceptions, and these issues can lead to claims being lost entirely or settled on less than favorable terms. Here are four mistakes that can cause you to lose your case.

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1. No Representation

Attorneys help you file paperwork, work with the court, negotiate with the defense, and sign legal documents. If you don’t have an attorney, there are many places throughout the process where action or inaction could hurt your case.

2. Social Media

Many people document their lives on social media, but your feed (or your friend’s feed) could be used as evidence against your claim. Posts on Facebook about how great you’re feeling could be used as evidence to claim that your pain and suffering isn’t real.

3. Lack of Documentation

It’s critical that your documentation is as thorough as possible after your injury. One of the first things you should do is contact the police and file a report, so you can start keeping an official record of the incident.

4. Misstatements

At some point during your case, the insurance company will put you in contact with a claims adjuster. Plaintiffs who misspeak or speculate on their case to the claims adjuster could seriously damage their claim. Usually, it’s best to decline to comment until you have your attorney there to advise you.

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13 Key Questions to Ask When Hiring An Attorney

During civil litigation, it is important that you find an attorney suited to your case with a successful track record at trial (even if you do not desire to go to trial).

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When you’re meeting with attorneys, there are some important questions to ask them.

  1. Do you have any areas of specialty?
  2. Do you have any experience regarding my type of injury/damages?
  3. Do you go to trial?
  4. How often do you go to trial?
  5. What are your results at trial?

While conducting your own research, there are also key questions to answer yourself.

  1. How long has the attorney been in business?
  2. Does the attorney’s office reflect the trappings of success?
  3. How much work will the law office be able to put into my case?
  4. How large is the support staff?
  5. What will be the division of labor between attorney and paralegals/legal assistants?
  6. How many files does the attorney have in litigation?
  7. Did the attorney take the time to answer all of my questions?
  8. Is the attorney asking me to advance any costs out of my own pocket? (Red Flag)

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Video That Hits Close to Home – Texting and Driving Can Be a Fatal Mix

With college students returning home from school and more drivers out on the road this summer, it is important to have a copy of “Plaintiff 101,” just in case.  The Amazon Best Seller is the go-to little black book full of tips, checklists and advice from Karen Mertes’ personal injury litigation that occurred after her car accident that left her with a traumatic brain injury.

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Though it always feels like summer in Florida, it is important to remind drivers, parents of new drivers and all of you new drivers that texting and driving has the potential to be a fatal mix. Here is an AT&T “It Can Wait” commercial that hit really close to home. Car accidents can happen to anyone at anytime and you may or may not be the one at fault. Sometimes being a defensive driver just isn’t enough. Texting and driving can be prevented.

 


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Law Students! Make Amazon Best Seller, “Plaintiff 101,” Your Summer Read!

Karen Mertes AuthorInterested in law and what goes on in the courtroom during a personal injury litigation?! “Plaintiff 101” by Karen Mertes tells the story as her life hung in the balance after a tragic car accident caused by a drunk driver. Despite sustaining a traumatic brain injury, she 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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Woman Picked Up By Drunk Uber Driver | Know Who is Behind the Wheel

When you call a cab, or request an Uber, you are expecting a designated sober driver to pick you up and safely transport you to your destination. However, what happens if your driver arrives and suddenly you feel unsafe? You notice that they are swerving, seem to be nodding off or even get into a car accident due to intoxication?

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About a year ago, Buzzfeed interviewed a woman that was picked up by a drunk Uber driver, “[..]the car crossed over a grass median, coming precariously close to the oncoming traffic lane[..].”

“Gallion’s Uber driver was arrested for driving while impaired [..], he had a blood alcohol level of 0.15 — nearly four times the .04 legal limit for commercial drivers.”

Make sure to be aware and on alert for any suspicious behavior. As the driver to pullover and drop you off in the nearest safe location. Text a friend to call the police or call them yourself if you feel unsafe. Although it should be a guarantee that your driver should arrive sober and fulfill their duties, you can never be too careful.

Read the entire article here.


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The Amazon Best Seller, “Plaintiff 101,” can be Checked Out Through the Tampa Public Library System!

Looking for a resource to help guide you through your personal injury litigation but short on cash? No problem! Karen Mertes’ “Plaintiff 101” is now available in the Tampa Public Library System!

Interested in law and what goes on in the courtroom during a personal injury litigation?! “Plaintiff 101” by Karen Mertes tells the story as her life hung in the balance after a tragic car accident caused by a drunk driver. Despite sustaining a traumatic brain injury, she 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.


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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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