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Are You Being Followed?

After my attorney told me to expect to be followed and videotaped, I never got used to the feeling that overtime I left my home, someone would be watching me with a video camera.I went about my business but it was a weird feeling thinking someone was possibly recording my every movement. Ultimately I just tried to put it out of my mind. But during these four years and two months in my case, I did stay home more than if I weren’t under such scrutiny.

With that being said, today I am sharing a Takeaway from my book, Plaintiff 101, that should help you understand why and how the defense will use surveillance tapes against you and how you need to handle it!

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If the defense does produce surveillance videotapes, have your attorney’s office meet with your medical providers and experts, with tapes and monitor in hand to show them the actual activities. By doing so, you have taken away any element of surprise the defense attorney hopes to have during his examination of your medical treaters and other experts in deposition or trial. Physicians are independent by nature and will not appreciate defense investigators conducting surveillance on their patients. Even if they don’t like testifying at trial, this kind of stunt will usually energize a treating physician, motivating him to be an excellent advocate at trial or in deposition. Jurors do not love this form of investigation either. If the activities can be explained and justified by your treating physicians and experts, it will do serious harm to the defense’s case.

 


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Become a H.E.R.O.

Fulfill Your Destiny presents H.E.R.O. – ‘Hands Eagerly Reach Out’ Awards to businesses, individuals, and organizations who have been instrumental in providing opportunities for Fulfill Your Destiny to carry out its mission and assist others. When we dare to care, our hands eagerly reach out to help others in need. Imagine how strong every community can become if hands eagerly reach out to help others when and where needed.

Many of these recipients have donated money and/or in-kind services to Fulfill Your Destiny enabling us to better help those individuals and organizations receiving assistance from Fulfill Your Destiny.

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Listed here are those businesses, individuals, and organizations that have received Fulfill Your Destiny’s H.E.R.O. Award:

Businesses:

  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Kendra Scott
  • Richter Publishing
  • Home Instead Senior Care
  • Invent Your Image
  • Balanced Accounting and Tax Services
  • Sew Be It
  • Jennie’s Flowers
  • The Empress Tea Room & Event Dining
  • Independent Financial Services
  • Macy’s Westshore
  • Minuteman Press of Town & Country
  • Canvas Zoo
  • Painting With a Twist
  • The Manhattan
  • MamaRazzi Foto
  • Whiskey Joe’s
  • Powell & Espat
  • Charity Chics
  • Doormet
  • The Rolling Pin
  • tcP! sweets
  • Mary Ann Halpin Photography
Individuals:
  • Julie Heidelberg
  • Terri Sullivan
  • Bobbie Williams
Organizations:
  • South Tampa Chamber of Commerce 19th Annual Fall Golf Classic Committee
  • Wheels of Success
  • Tampa Bay Lightning
To learn about opportunities for mutually beneficial strategic alliances or community partnerships with Fulfill Your Destiny, please contact Karen by e-mailing her at karen@fulfillyourdestiny.org or karen.mertes@yahoo.com.

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Tips for Communicating with People with Traumatic Brain Injury

Some people with TBI may have trouble concentrating or organizing their thoughts. If you are in a public area with many distractions, consider moving to a quiet or private location, and try focusing on short-term goals.
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  • Be prepared to repeat what you say, orally or in writing. Some people with TBI may have short-term memory deficits.
  • If you are not sure whether the person understands you, offer assistance completing forms or understanding written instructions and provide extra time for decision-making. Wait for the individual to accept the offer of assistance; do not “over-assist” or be patronizing.
  • Be patient, flexible and supportive. Take time to understand the individual, make sure the individual understands you and avoid interrupting the person.

 

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How to spot a Traumatic Brain Injury

When tragedy strikes, your adrenaline kicks in and you try to diagnose the situation. But what happens when someone you love is hurt but the injury isn’t transparent? Here are some ways to get your loved one the help they need —

 In the presence of other life threatening injuries, which is often the case with motor vehicle accidents, closed head injury can be missed. The focus is on lifesaving measures.

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Mild traumatic brain injury may not be diagnosed until the individual begins to have problems in what were once easy tasks or social situations.

A detailed neurological examination is important and will bring out evidence of brain injury.
Brain imaging with CAT scan, MRI, SPECT and PET scan may be useful.
Cognitive evaluation by a Neuropsychologist with formal neuropsychological testing.
Evaluations by physical, occupational and speech therapists help clarify the specific deficits of an individual.

Be very cautious when you come in contact with someone who has just been in an accident. Although your gut reaction may be to pick someone up, wait for EMS. Don’t try to self-diagnose leave that to the professionals so you can get yourself or your loved on the help they need.

For more information check out this website! http://www.traumaticbraininjury.com/symptoms-of-tbi/diagnosis/

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Here’s What You Should be telling your Lawyer

Once  you’ve hired an attorney, it’s important for you to communicate with them fully. There may be some aspects of the case or your background that you have concerns about. DO NOT assume the defense will not find them.

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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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In Honor of National Iced Tea Month, We’re Announcing the Date for 2018’s Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea Event!

Unknown-12Each year, Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea is a pleasurable way to celebrate Women’s History Month. March is also National Brain Injury Awareness Month and it’s when we celebrate the arrival of Spring. 

Ladies interested in supporting our community through philanthropy will attend for Great Food, Auctions, 50-50 Raffle, Surprises, Hat Contests, Prizes, ‘Your Choice’ Raffles, Free Gifts, and Fun!


Fulfill Your Destiny’s 5th Annual Chari-Tea will take place on March 24, 2018 at The Empress Tea Room 2:30 – 5:00 PM! For sponsorship, tickets or more information; please contact Karen Mertes at karen.mertes@yahoo.com or by phone at 813-481-9895.

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Happy Memorial Day!

memorial 2Wanted to celebrate and honor those who have served and are serving to keep this country safe.

We will never forget the sacrifices those have made for us to keep our freedom.

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