Law Office of Keith D. Miller

Notable Verdicts

Starling v. ACA Ins. September 2017

Onondaga County: Plaintiff alleged serious injuries from an auto accident.  At arbitration, client-defendant was successful in proving that injuries were from other accidents.

Haley v. Robinson  April 2017

Onondaga County: Intoxicated plaintiff entered the roadway at night in front of client.  Motion for summary judgment, dismissing the complaint against client, was granted.

Burdick v. Porter v. Wills  February 2017

Oswego County: Other vehicle crossed over center line, striking client's vehicle.  Two passengers in other vehicle died of their injuries.  Motion for summary judgment was granted, dismissing case against client.

Penda v. Bartowski  July 2016

Onondaga County: Codefendant lost control in standing water on I-690.  Codefendant caromed off of a guardrail and ricocheted into the path of client's vehicle.  Plaintiff was a passenger in codefendant's vehicle.  Motion for summary judgment was denied at the trial court level.  On appeal, the decision was dismissed and the case against client was dismissed.

Hamler v. Neuberger  June 2016

Onondaga County: Plaintiff alleged that client-defendant was negligent in entering an intersection.  Client-defendant contended that codefendant had entered intersection without yielding the right-of-way.  On motion, court granted client's motion for summary judgment, dismissing the complaint against client.

McRae v. Lackey & Young  May 2015

Oswego County: Codefendant driver failed to stop at red light.  Client was entering intersection from cross street.  Motion for summary judgment, dismissing the complaint against client, was granted.

Kerschner v. State Farm  October 2014

Onondaga County: Plaintiff alleged a knee injury and surgery resulted from a motor vehicle accident.  Plaintiff filed for SUM benefits.  Client claimed that plaintiff's symptoms were due to long standing degenerative condition.  Arbitration decision found in favor of client.

White v. Ozimek  September 2014

Onondaga County: One car accident that occurred in Pennsylvania.  Occupants were New York residents.  Plaintiff/driver claimed that client/passenger pulled the steering wheel, causing the vehicle to lose control.  Client claimed that driver fell asleep at the wheel.  Jury returned a verdict in favor of client on the issue of liability.

Horton v. NYCM  July 2014

Jefferson County: Plaintiff alleged post-concussion syndrome, cognitive deficits and neck pain with radiculopathy from an auto accident.  At arbitration, client-defendant successfully defended case on issue of serious injury, resulting in a defense award.

Salsbury v. Gorman's Tavern  June 2014

Oswego County: Plaintiff alleged that client-tavern owner was negligent when patron attacked him with a broken beer bottle.  Client alleged that attack was a revenge attack for prior criminal act on the part of the plaintiff and that proper security was provided.  Complaint was dismissed on motion.

Chapman v. NYCM  April 2014

Madison County:  Plaintiff claimed a lumbar fusion surgery as a result of an auto accident.  Client-defendant successfully proved that surgical conditions were pre-existing and that accident only caused subjective increase in symptoms.  Plaintiff's claim was dismissed on issue of serious injury.

Tyo v. McDonald  April 2014

Onondaga County: Plaintiff alleged that client harbored a dog with vicious propensities, resulting in the scarring of a young child.  Case was dismissed on motion.

Chambers v. Evans and Tousley  February 2014

Jefferson County: Plaintiff alleged that client was negligent and failed to warn that client's pickup truck had a standard transmission and a remote car starter.  Plaintiff was a mechanic that was working on the wires under the dash near the car starter box when the vehicle suddenly started, dragging the plaintiff and causing a hip injury.  Plaintiff ended up having a hip repair and a hip replacement.  Plaintiff failed to put vehicle in neutral, engage the parking brake, disconnect the battery, etc.  Jury returned a verdict in favor of client on the issue of negligence.

Fonseca v. Cronk  November 2013

Onondaga County: Client defendant rear-ended the plaintiff's vehicle.  Plaintiff claimed neck and arm injuries, including a herniated disc.  Jury returned a verdict in favor of client.

Kasperovich v. New York Central Mutual   October 2013

Oneida County: Claimants sustained damage to their home due to ice damming.  Client insurer paid for the damages that it deemed to be reasonable.  Plaintiffs sued for an amount 150% higher than NYCM estimate.  Jury returned a verdict in favor of NYCM.

Ewell v. Horrell and Gibbons   October 2013

Madison County: Plaintiff was a passenger in client's vehicle.  Codefendant was following client and collided with client as client was making a left turn.  Plaintiff claimed injuries to her neck and back.  Jury returned a verdict in favor of client on the issue of negligence.

Elief v. Ortiz and Donovan   September 2013

Onondaga County: client had rear-ended a vehicle occupied by the plaintiff.  Plaintiff claimed injuries to her neck and back, including multiple herniated discs.  A successful summary judgment motion dismissed the plaintiff's complaint on the issue of serious injury.

Estate of Athas v. New York Central Mutual   July 2013

Oneida County: Plaintiff claimed a loss due to a burst pipe.  Plaintiff claimed damages in excess of the amount paid by NYCM.  Bench trial resulted in a verdict of $1,000.

Gurin v. New York Central Mutual   June 2013

Oneida County: Plaintiff claimed a loss following a severe storm.  Sewage backed up through the basement toilet causing water loss.  Plaintiff alleged that the loss was due to an accidental discharge from a plumbing system, which would have been covered.  Client-defendant alleged that the loss was due to a back up of a sewer system or drain, which would not have been covered.  After completion of the plaintiff's case, judge directed a verdict in favor of client-defendant.

Pugh v. Tantillo   May 2013

Onondaga County: Client-defendant admitted negligence for a rear-end accident.  Plaintiff alleged a two-level cervical fusion as well as wage loss and medical bills.  Jury returned a verdict in favor of client on the issue of serious injury.

Ruggerio v. Alcaras   February 2013

Onondaga County: Client-defendant rear-ended the plaintiff's vehicle, causing very slight damage.  Plaintiff claimed that the accident caused injuries that resulted in a three level cervical fusion.  Jury returned a verdict in favor of client, finding that the accident did not cause the plaintiff's injuries.  The testimony of defendant's biomedical engineer was influential in verdict.

Valdez v. Gunzenhauser  March 2013

Broome County: Defendant-client struck the plaintiff, who was walking in the middle of the road in the early morning hours, wearing dark clothes, causing multiple fractures and a closed head injury.  Jury returned a verdict in favor of client on the issue of negligence.

Reynolds/Bedette v. MacKenzie  August 2012

Monroe County: 11 year old boy riding on bicycle claimed that client struck him with her vehicle.  Client claimed that boy rode from park driveway into the side of her vehicle.  Boy sustained fractures.  Jury deliberated 8 minutes and returned a verdict in favor of client on the issue of negligence.

Bousquin v. Miko  June 2012

Wayne County: Plaintiff sustained four non-displaced fractures of her ribs, three non-displaced fractures of her lumbar transverse processes and a non-displaced fracture of her hip.  Defendant client admitted to fault for the accident.  Following the first trial the jury returned a verdict of $5,000 for past pain and suffering, zero for future pain and suffering.  The trial judge set the past pain and suffering verdict aside but confirmed the jury's decision not to award anything for the future.  Following the second trial the jury returned a verdict for past pain and suffering, awarding zero.  The case was subsequently settled.

Deal/Gonyou v. Sanmartin and Novak  April 2012

Cayuga County: Codefendant made left turn in front of client at intersection that was governed by a traffic light.  Collision caused client's vehicle to carom into plaintiff's vehicle.  Plaintiff alleged that client entered intersection against the light.  Other evidence supported client's claim that he entered the intersection with the green light.  Jury deliberated 18 minutes and returned a verdict in favor of client on the issue of negligence.

Roth v. Middlestate  March 2012

Jefferson County: Plaintiff/tenant claimed 2nd & 3rd degree burns, PTSD and orthopedic injuries from a house fire.  Second tenant died in the fire.  Plaintiff alleged that client/landlord was negligent in the maintenance of the front door and smoke detectors.  Jury returned a defense verdict in favor of client/landlord.

Felter-Canarelli v. Jamieson  May 2011

Oneida County: Plaintiff claimed herniations iin her neck and back from a car accident.  Plaintiff also claimed nerve damage and carpal tunnel.  Plaintiff claimed $150,000+ damages.  Jury returned verdict against client-defendant for $50,000.

Trendell v. Root and Norton February 2011

Oswego County: Plaintiff claimed neck and back injuries, rib fractures as well as concussion, post-concussion syndrome, cognitive loss, PTSD and other psychological injuries. Defendants-clients contested liability. Jury returned a defense verdict on the issue of serious injury.

Watts v. Burke January 2011

Jefferson County: Plaintiff claimed orthopedic injuries to the neck and back as well as a shoulder injury that required surgery. Plaintiff also claimed a traumatic brain injury, thyroid injury, concussion, post-concussion syndrome, PTSD, cognitive loss and other psychological injuries. Defendant-client contested liability. Pain and suffering award: $25,000

Walker v. Fricke and Thelan January 2011

Onondaga County: Plaintiff claimed neck and back injuries as well as a concussion, post-concussion syndrome, cognitive loss, PTSD and other psychological injuries. Defendant-client admitted fault for the accident. Jury returned a defense verdict on the issue of serious injury.

Alam v. Birmingham September 2010

Onondaga County: Decedent plaintiff was struck and killed by pickup truck operated by defendant-client. Jury returned a defense verdict on the issue of negligence.

Douglas v. King September 2010

Onondaga County: Plaintiff claimed soft tissue injuries to her neck and trapizius. Defendant-client admitted fault for the accident. Jury returned a defense verdict on the issue of serious injury.

Stearns v. O'Brien August 2010

Ontario County: Client admitted negligence in rollover accident. Plaintiff claimed a TMJ disfunction, a lacerated spleen and a concussion. Jury returned a defense verdict on the issue of serious injury.

Verwey v. Hughes July 2010

Oswego County: Infant plaintiff entered road from riding trail on motorized dirt bike. Defendant-client struck plaintiff causing ankle fracture and degloving injury to left foot. Jury returned a defense verdict on the issue of negligence.

Deans v. Wilson March 2010

Monroe County: Plaintiff claimed an annular tear at C6-7 impinging the spinal cord from accident where client-defendant rear ended plaintiff's vehicle. Jury found a significant limitation and awarded $10,000.

Magid v. Yager November 2009

Oneida County: Plaintiff sustained a fractured vertebra at L1 with a fragment avulsed into the spinal canal when client-defendant made U-turn in front of plaintiff's vehicle. Jury returned a verdict of $25,000.

Gramling v. Poplaski August 2009

Seneca County: Plaintiff sustained a labral tear to his shoulder and claimed over $1 million in lost wages, past and future when client-defendant made left turn. Jury found that there was no serious injury.

Miller v. Campbell & Oliver May 2009

Oswego County: Client rear ended another vehicle. Plaintiff claimed neck and back injuries. Defense was based upon prior conditions and serious injury threshold. Jury returned a defense verdict on serious injury.

Vairetta v. Martin March 2009

Onondaga County: Plaintiff alleged internal injuries and 5 months of disability. Jury awarded nominal wages and no pain and suffering.

Hutton v. Moon June 2008

Ontario County: Client pulled out in front of plaintiff. Plaintiff claimed neck and back injuries with radiating symptoms into her arms and legs. Plaintiff also alleged significant lost wages and future medical expenses. Jury found a serious injury but awarded a nominal amount. After collateral sources the judgment was $3,000.

Alcombrack v. Swarz January 2008

Jefferson County: Plaintiff alleged head injuries and post-concussion symptoms. A summary judgment motion was unsuccessful at the trial level. An appeal to the Fourth Department resulted in dismissal of the case.

Brown v. Porter January 2008

Oneida County: Client pulled out onto main road from side street. Plaintiff collided with defendant's vehicle and caromed into a tree sustaining injuries the led to a total hip replacement. Jury returned a defense verdict on the issue of negligence.

Purkiss v. Siccardi December 2007

Federal Court Western District of NY: Client was delivering a load of newspapers in this Bronco. As he traveled over a bridge the plaintiff crossed into the path of the Bronco, sustaining injuries that led to his death. Plaintiff alleged wrongful death and conscious pain and suffering. Jury returned a defense verdict on the issue of negligence.

Frias v. New York Central Mutual November 2007

Oneida County: Insured alleged burglary losses of over $40,000. Client-New York Central raised affirmative defense of insurance fraud. Jury returned a defense verdict.

Mills v. Orr October 2007

Oswego County: Client backed out of parking space into the side of plaintiff s vehicle. Jury returned a defense verdict on the issue of serious injury.

Bartoszewski v. Spingler August 2007

Cayuga County: Client-defendant made a left turn in front of plaintiff at intersection. Plaintiff claimed a fracture. Jury returned a defense verdict on the issue of serious injury.

Potempa v. Countryway Insurance April 2007

Onondaga County: No fault arbitration involving three knee replacement surgeries and over $125,000 in medical bills. Arbitrator returned a defense verdict on the issue of causation and failure to submit within 180 days of treatment dates.

George v. Lucus April 2007

Broome County: Client pulled out onto main road. Plaintiff swerved off the road and collided with stationary object. Jury returned a defense verdict on the issue of negligence.

Merry v. Birchenough January 2007

Lewis County: Client pulled out onto main road from parking lot after plaintiffs husband made affirmative move to turn into lot. Plaintiff disputed this. Jury returned a defense verdict on the issue of serious injury.

Frascatore v. Zukaitis December 2006

Onondaga County: Client lost control on 1-81 in slushy conditions, caroming into the plaintiffs vehicle. Jury returned a defense verdict on the issue of negligence.

Arms v. Halsey October 2006

Oswego County: Client crossed over double solid line after losing control on snowy, slippery roads. Jury returned a defense verdict on the issue of negligence. Verdict overturned by judge.

Wiedemann v. Jahnke & Hemlock Farm December 2005

Otsego County: Wiedemann rear ended a tractor and manure spreader on a public road. He died and his passenger wife was seriously injured. The farm counterclaimed against driver Wiedemann for contribution for the wife's injuries resulting in Mr. Miller's representation of the Estate as a defendant. The jury returned a verdict finding 100% negligence against the farm.

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Liverpool Girls Softball team sponsor and coach 2012

Ride for Missing Children  September 2012

2011 Musselman Triathlon

Liverpool Girls Softball team sponsor and coach 2011

Ride for Missing Children  May 2011

Liverpool Girls Softball team sponsor and coach 2010

Champions of the Developmental Division

Ride for Missing Children May 2010

Liverpool Girls Softball team sponsor and coach 2009

Ride for Missing Children May 2008

Keith Miller joined 400 riders on a 100+ mile bike ride to raise funds for the Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  The ride also honored those police officers killed in the line of duty over the past year.

Liverpool Girls Softball team sponsor and coach 2008

 

Owasco Flyer 2008

 

Liverpool Girls Softball team sponsor and coach 2007

 

Ride for Missing Children May 2006

Keith Miller joined 350 riders on a 100+ mile bike ride to raise funds for the Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  The ride also honore those police officers killed in the line of duty over the past year.

 

The Law Office of Keith D. Miller serves clients throughout central New York and the Capitol District including Broome County, Cayuga County, Chenango County, Cortland County, Herkimer County, Jefferson County, Lewis County, Madison County, Monroe Montgomery County, Oneida County, Onondaga County, Ontario County, Oswego County, Otsego County, Saratoga County, Schuyler County, Seneca County, Lawrence County, Tioga County, Tompkins County, Yates County, Wayne County, as well as the cities of Syracuse, Watertown, Utica, Rochester, Binghamton, Ithaca, Lowville, and Oswego.

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