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January 24, 2014

Attorney's book explores his specialty

Batesville attorney William J. “B.J.” Kelley II of the Craig, Kelley & Faultless law firm decided to write a book entitled “Soft Tissue Injuries and Hard Ball Tactics” because “no matter what I did or what I personally told people about how things really are, there was still a huge disconnect between what most people believe, and what really happens to people who have been injured in wrecks.” He wanted to convey “the real give-and-take that occurs between insurance companies, attorneys and people who’ve been injured.”

The book also answers questions he’s been asked by physicians and chiropractors regarding the application of the various insurance coverages after a crash. “There are a lot of misconceptions out there. For instance, some people think that you can’t, or shouldn’t, use your own health insurance after you’ve been in a wreck – and that’s just not true.”

The 92-page book, published last April and available through online vendors, took about four months to complete on his office computer, on weekends and at home. “I organized the book by topic in outline form and then went from there. I wanted it to be well organized into chapters, sections and subsections so that someone who wanted to answer a particular question could go right to that section.”

The most challenging aspects of writing “Soft Tissue Injuries and Hard Ball Tactics” were the time-consuming research and footnotes. Kelley reports, “I mostly used textbooks and other books, scholarly articles and Web sites with access to medical and engineering articles .... It was a good exercise to go through. Sometimes I knew something was true, but still needed to prove it, which was ultimately important for the book’s credibility.”

Why the book should be read: Because it addresses a topic that many people think they know and understand, but really don’t. We’ve become so inundated by television commercials and 15-second sound bites that are pushed on us by corporations with huge abilities to spend money that we often form opinions about things based on what is essentially advertising. So, we believe what the big companies want us to believe, which isn’t necessarily a good thing.

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