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Is My Career Over Because of my TBI?

After suffering an injury from a car accident, however mild or severe it may be, you must learn how to live life with your injury. It is important to remember that no matter how frustrated you become, some of these effects will only be temporary. Although, you may need to learn a ‘new normal.’

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Initially, you may experience a period of denial where you’re unable to realistically assess what could be your reduced performance levels. Given my injury, I was no longer able to achieve my pre-injury performance where I had consistently exceeded expectations.

Unfortunately, depending on the severity of how your injury may impact your work performance, it could pose a threat to your case. The defense will use whatever new challenges you face at work as a litigation advantage.

You may be placed in a “no-win” situation. If you cannot return to work, his [the defense attorney] bargaining position has improved due to your lack of limited resources to live on. Also, his experts will likely opine you are a malingerer. If you do return to work, even under duress and in pain, he will argue you did not suffer economic damages as you continued to be “employable” post-injury.”


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Above quote excerpted from Plaintiff 101: The Black Book of Inside Information Your Lawyer Will Want You To Know.

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How to be an Asset to your Attorney During Your Personal Injury Litigation

Need a book to better relate to your personal injury litigation attorney?! Jump on Amazon and add “Plaintiff 101” to your cart! Here are some words from Karen Mertes on her book,

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“After my four year long litigation battle, my attorney husband and I  decided to write, “Plaintiff 101” to help other personal injury victims. Being involved in a life-changing car accident is devastating. You deserve to get your life back to normal, yet the justice system is not an easy one to navigate.  That’s what this book is for. To give you inside information and what your lawyer will want you to know in order to have a wining case.

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.”

“Plaintiff 101” won #1 Amazon Best Seller Award at Richter Publishing’s 3rd Annual Author Award Ceremony & Book Gala on October 20th, 2016. Making “Plaintiff 101” a #1 Best Seller in audio, paperback & digital formats

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.

Get your copy of “Plaintiff 101” by Karen Mertes here!

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

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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.

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!

Grab this Amazon Best Seller to add to your summer read collection!

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Karen Mertes will Deliver the 2017 Commencement Address to South University this June!

Karen Mertes has accepted the invitation to deliver the 2017 Commencement Address to South University on June 19th at the Tampa Convention Center.  She will be speaking to an audience of about 1700!

Below is Karen’s biography —

karen Mertes Author     Karen R. Mertes turned a life altering tragedy into a life purpose with her organization, Fulfill Your Destiny.  Karen is a Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) from our United States Air Force, serving as the Squadron Commander in two back-to-back command tours as well as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a $169 million dollar budget at an overseas base.

In 2007, Karen’s car was struck by a drunk driver traveling over 100 mph on I-75 resulting in Karen suffering a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  Facing the consequences of this life-changing injury, this would be the genesis which led her to create Fulfill Your Destiny.  Its signature program awards ‘Business Builder Grants’ to local entrepreneurs desiring to take their businesses to the next level.

Karen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Boston University.  During her career as a military officer, she earned an MBA from Strayer University.  Lt Col Mertes earned a second MS degree in cost estimating and analysis from the prestigious Air Force Institute of Technology.

Karen uses an entrepreneurial model to advance her non-profit organization, raising money for Fulfill Your Destiny in 25 different ways, several of which involve her offering a professional service or product for donation.

Having designed this proven, successful organization, WEDU honored Karen and Fulfill Your Destiny in 2014 with their Be More Entrepreneurial C1 Bank Engaged Philanthropist Award.  Some of Karen’s other notable honors include being named a 2015 Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, INSPIRE 2015 Woman of the Year for the Iconic Woman Awards, Tampa Bay Business Journal 2014 Heroes at Work Honoree, the 2014 Spirit of Philanthropy by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and Tampa Bay Business Professional Woman of the Year in 2012. The Tampa Bay Lightning also honored Karen in 2012 as one of their inaugural Community Heroes.

Karen is a highly regarded Professional Speaker; Award Winning, Best Selling Author; Certified Entrepreneur, Leadership and Business Consultant all to benefit Fulfill Your Destiny. Karen is the creator of Fulfill Your Destiny’s annual premiere event, Spring Chari-Tea held each year in March.

Karen’s book, “Plaintiff 101 The Black Book of Inside Information Your Lawyer Will Want You to Know”, debuting as a #1 Amazon Best Seller, is a survivor’s story which educates all drivers, inspires injured victims and assists them through litigation.  Co-authored with a retired attorney that has been part of million dollar verdicts and settlements, Plaintiff 101 answers the common question, “I’ve been in an accident, what do I do now” by providing 50 Takeaways and Checklists that will save you time, money and energy.  It’s a must read for every driver!  All proceeds are donated to her charity.

Karen has appeared in local and national TV markets including WTSP’s ‘On the Road’ with Bobby Lewis, ABC’s ‘Positively Tampa Bay’ with Lissette Campos, Bay News 9 ‘Everyday Heroes,’ as well as on the nationally syndicated show ‘Daytime’.  She’s been the featured guest on a number of local and national radio shows.  Karen’s work and book were also recently showcased by the Huffington Post.

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Karen Mertes Appearing on iWork4Him Radio Program Tomorrow!

iwork4himTomorrow, December 20th, Amazon Best Seller Karen Mertes will be a guest on the iWork4Him radio program. This live appearance will air on FaithTalk AM 570 and 910 WTBN at 3 P.M. EST.

The iWork4Him program shares testimonies. Hear from authors and speakers, and tackle topics to encourage you to look at your workplace as your mission field.

Don’t miss Karen Mertes share her story of survival and her interview with hosts Jim and Martha Brangenberg! This live program will not only be informative, but inspirational for entrepreneurs and those who are being or have been faced with obstacles and are looking for guidance.


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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Take this time to show your thanks for your loved ones and those around you. Have a happy and safe holiday!


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Karen Mertes Featured in Huffington Post!

Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day – a day to celebrate and thank those who have fought for our country. Karen Mertes is a veteran of the United States Air Force. After a devastating car accident due to a drunk driver, Karen suffered a TBI that changed her life in and out of the office.

This past Monday, Karen was featured on HuffingtonPost.com, ‘Veteran and TBI Survivor Takes on Insurance Giants.’ Writer, Kandice Ferrell, told Karen’s story of not only surviving the car accident and injuries but going to write her book, Plaintiff 1o1, and start her non-profit charity Fulfill Your Destiny helping those who have also suffered and provide them with steps to have a successful future.

Check out the entire article here!


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