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Book Karen to Speak at Your Fall Commencement!

Now that school is in session it is very important to communicate to incoming freshmen and even returning students the dangers of driving even after one drink.

Hit by a Drunk Driver at over 100 mph and Alive to Tell

Karen Mertes, a Lieutenant Colonel in our United States Air Force, was driving the speed limit on the interstate when she was struck by a drunk driver traveling over 100 mph.  He had a blood-alcohol level of nearly three times the legal limit.  Both vehicles were totaled.  Her axle snapped in half, with brakes and steering inoperative.  Karen made a futile attempt to regain control of her vehicle as her car slid sideways down the interstate. Other cars still remaining in the bordering lanes traveling by her at highway speeds.  During these split seconds, as her life hung in the balance, Karen made a bargain and promised that if she were fortunate to survive, she would spend the rest of her life helping others.  This was the genesis for what has become Fulfill Your Destiny, Inc. www.fulfillyourdestiny.org

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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.


For those who are interested in owning Amazon’s Best Seller, “Plaintiff 101” as a valuable resource:

Click here to >>ORDER<< your copy TODAY

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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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3 Ways a DUI Will Destroy Your Career

As if driving under the influence and the chance to injuring or taking a life other than your own isn’t enough to stop you from drinking and driving – here are 3 ways a DUI can destroy or damage your career:

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  1. Suspended license: If your license is suspended and you don’t get an exemption for driving to/from work then you’re forced to take public transportation. Taking the bus is pretty unreliable and you may end up losing your job due to lateness.
  2. Mandatory firing policy: Many employers provide in handbooks and employment contracts that conviction of a crime is grounds for firing. If your employer has that policy, you may lose your job.
  3. Job applications: While some states don’t allow employers to ask about arrests and convictions on job applications, most do. Your DUI will appear in public records and on your driver’s license records.

    For those who are interested in owning Amazon’s Best Seller, “Plaintiff 101” as a valuable resource:

    Click here to >>ORDER<< your copy TODAY!

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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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Social Experiment – Teens and Drunk Drivers

On average, a drunk driver will drive 80 times under the influence before their first arrest. Think about how many times you’ve ridden with a diver who maybe had one drinks too many – and that’s an adult. Teens and young adults don’t know their limit, prone to binge drinking. Your child, maybe even college student, is faced with the decision to ride with someone who has been drinking more often than you would hope.

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In this video, we witness american teenagers who are about to drink and drive while others are tested in their ability to say no or get in the car with them –
Millions have died due to drunk drivers believing they have it under control behind the wheel after they’ve had too much to drink. Don’t ride with or let a friend drive drunk.

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