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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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Check Out “Plaintiff 101” at Your Local Library!

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!

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This Read Poster was created by the Town ‘N’ Country Library for their Read Local event.

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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Grab a Copy For You, A Loved One or a Friend That Needs a Helping Hand After a Hard Time

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. 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 their experience and advice. Karen is 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!

Below is a review on Karen’s Best Seller —

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly informative, well-written and organized

By zandor nabusan on September 18, 2016

Format: Audible Audio Edition

This book tackles a topic which some of us are currently experiencing or have experienced but are rarely dealt with by any authors in a manner that is informative and will really guide us as we through a fight as intimate as personal injury claims. It provides an almost step-by-step process on how to best tackle the proceedings, from what to do at the point of injury up to the point when the case is being defended and evaluated. Aside from the specifics pertaining to the case proceedings, the book also provides us an insight on the cost to be expected, something that most of us preliminarily considers when faced with the need to file a claim.

I’m reading the book for my dad, who unfortunately have been injured in a vehicular accident, to help the family strategize for our next actions. I say that reading this has provided me with the confidence to proceed. It has given me practical insights which I will definitely take note as we move forward. Will have to re-read the corresponding sections as we proceed with the case for me to get the most out of this book.

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Find Out Why This Amazon Best Seller is Getting 5 Stars

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. 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 their experience and advice. Karen is 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!

Below is a review on Karen’s Best Seller —

5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have

By Amazon Customer on May 30, 2017

Format: Paperback

Having a bad accident or otherwise is traumatic enough without the added knowledge that you’ll be in a court fight for possibly months. Mertes’ “Plaintiff 101” takes all that weight off your shoulders by offering sound advice to navigating around legal system which will help in the long run. This book has so much great advice that I never would have thought of otherwise and I’m glad I found it. Recommend it to anyone with an ongoing case or anyone who just wants to be prepared in case something unexpected happens.


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Avoiding Social Media during your Litigation may save your case – Here’s Why

Millions of us use some type of social media – whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or even a combination of the three. We are living in a time where you can access anyone with the touch of your finger tips. Some of us are more weary than others of what we share on social networks. But how do your public posts play a role in your personal injury litigation?

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I was actually very lucky that I did not have a social media before/during my personal injury litigation. After the case settled, it came to my attention that the defense team had combed the internet searching for information that they could use, but were unable to find any social media footprint. Trust me when I tell you that an entire case can be lost with thoughtless statements on social media.

Takeaway #27

Stay off social media websites. Assume any statement or picture you add to your Facebook page or Twitter account will be examined by opposing counsel and introduced at trial. Also,  social media is an excellent aura for defense counsel to identify witnesses regarding your post-injury activities, which, if taken out of context, may prejudice a jury.


Whether its a minor fender bender, critical injury or fatality – “Plaintiff 101” is the go-to little black book full of tips, checklists and advice from my personal injury litigation that occurred after my car accident that left me with a traumatic brain injury.


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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

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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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