May 30, 2019
Columbus, OH personal injury attorney joins Multi-Million Dollar Forum as a recognition for a case victory
Brian G. Miller, a personal injury attorney in Columbus, OH recently announced his acceptance into Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States and limits its membership to attorneys who have won million and multi-million-dollar verdicts, awards, and settlements. Miller was already a life member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum; however, after obtaining the highest verdict in the history of Union County, OH ($34,317,636), he has advanced to the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
“This verdict represents a validation of the efforts of our trial team and our law firm. An outcome like this does not occur ‘overnight.’ The verdict, in this case, was the culmination of over four years of hard work, preparation, and then execution at trial. The claims were contested by large, formidable companies, with great resources, and a legal team of their own,” said Miller.
The case at issue, involving Mr. Miller’s client, Lisa M. Jones, was a significant one. Ms. Jones, a mother to a 3-year-old boy, struck a utility pole near Marion, which downed a power line and left her trapped in her SUV with her son inside. While Jones’s life hung in the balance, medical emergency staff arrived quickly to the accident scene but had to wait nearly an hour for an Ohio Edison employee to arrive and clear the power line. Jones argued this delay had irreversible consequences to her health, leaving her with a permanent brain injury.
Ohio Edison and its affiliate company, FirstEnergy Service Co., argued that Jones’s injuries were due to other factors including her own conduct and subpar medical care proved at The Ohio State University trauma department. However, after receiving the evidence and witness testimony, the jury determined that primary fault was with the electric companies. It was concluded that Jones herself was 20 percent responsible for the brain injury while Ohio Edison and FirstEnergy, were 80 percent responsible.
“There were many challenges to what we asserted was right. Ultimately, to connect with the jurors and convince them that our claims were justified and deserving of meaningful compensation was not only gratifying but has changed multiple lives in a positive manner,” said Miller.
In attempting to convince the jury that Jones deserved meaningful compensation for her injuries Miller faced the difficult task of putting significant value on an individual’s nonfinancial losses. He challenged the jury to think about whether Jones’s financial losses, estimated at 13.3 million over the span of her lifetime, had a more or less significant impact on her life than the nonfinancial losses. The jury answered this prompt when it awarded Jones 20 million dollars in noneconomic losses above and beyond the financial ones. The jury also awarded 1 million to benefit Ms. Jones’s son.
This was a result which not only created a positive result for the client, but also had an impact on the legal community as a whole, and garnered the respect of colleagues. For instance, fellow plaintiffs’ attorney Craig Scott, Esq., wrote:
“The more I came to understand the nature of the case the more impressive the victory. First, you have a client who causes her own initial injuries. For most lawyers that would end the analysis. No doubt the stress throughout the process of continuing to run the law firm and to devote appropriate time and economic resources to this case must have been overwhelming. The client was very lucky to have had Brian Miller as her counsel. What he undertook and accomplished is truly what the best plaintiff lawyers bring to the protection of our society.”
“At times, the demands of this case tested our toughness and our resolve. But, ultimately, this represents the best of why we, as lawyers, do what we do: strive to help people change their lives for the better,” said Miller.
Miller is now a part of the top 1% of U.S. attorneys who are members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocate Forum. With just 5,000 members across the nation, the Forum is a networking outlet for experienced attorneys providing professional referrals and information exchange in major cases.
About Brian G, Miller: Brian G. Miller is a graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and practices law in his Columbus, OH office, mostly focusing on civil litigation and concentrating in plaintiff personal injury cases arising from roadway accidents, construction accidents, workplace and premises accidents, and other civil litigation. For more information about the firm visit https://www.bgmillerlaw.com/
About Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum: Founded in 1993, the Forum is a national platform for professional networking and case information exchange among the top 1% of attorneys. To receive an invitation to the forum an attorney must have acted as principal counsel in at least one case in which their client has received a verdict, award or settlement in the amount of one million dollars or more. For more information visit http://www.milliondollaradvocates.com/