Workplace Violence and Self-Defense
Legal Consultation & Expert Witness Testimony
“When You and Your Clients Need
More Than Just an Opinion!”
Incidents of workplace violence are at an all-time high. This has resulted in a subsequent increase in the number of employees, visitors and clients of a business being injured or even killed during the act. If you are an attorney representing either side in a case involving violence in the workplace, I may be able to help you.
But the question which needs to be asked is:
Or, do you need both?”
And this comes down to another question, which is…
THIS is my area of expertise, and how I can help you and your client tip the balance of a case in a more favorable direction.
My name is Jeffrey M. Miller SPS, DTI, and I am a personal safety and self-protection expert. My background is in law enforcement and security, having also worked for many years as a private investigator and bodyguard. So, you could say that I am intimately aware of, and have both knowledge and real-world experience in dealing with situations involving physical violence. But, more than that…
I have experience “inside” of actual assault and attack situations, both against unarmed assailants, and those armed with guns, knives, clubs, etc.
What this means for you and your client is that, as a qualified subjct matter expert on the topics of assaults, self-defense, and workplace violence attacks, I can offer expert testimony, letters of opinion, and insights about aspects of and regarding these particular types of cases that few others can. And, as an experienced speaker and seminar leader – as a professional “educator” – I can teach and educate a jury so that they understand the principles and concepts being conveyed, and therefore return a verdict on a criminal or litigation case from a knowledgable viewpoint, rather than one based on conventional beliefs, lack of experience, and even the “myths” they have almost definitely picked up and believe as truth which are routinely portrayed in movies and television.
Here are a few of the strengths that I can bring to your case:
- I am completely comfortable giving testimony and understand the “environment” and “game” played in the courtroom
- I am also very respectful of the etiquette and professional “air” of the court setting
- I am able to physically demonstrate anything that I offer as being true about self-defense or the attacker-defender scenario
- While not a licensed psychologist or mental health professional, I am intimately familiar with the defender’s frame of mind when under duress, as well as immediately after a physical attack
- I offer an unbiased viewpoint regarding both traning, as well as the defender’s responsibility and use of physical self-defense training
- Knowing the “panic” mindset (“fight-flight-freeze” mechanism), I can render an opinion regarding safety and security features, policies and procedures and how these things can help, hinder, or be overlooked during an actual attack.
- I can review depositions, statements and reports and render an opinion regarding the actions taken, or not taken, as-well-as the “logic” of an individual with regards to the moments surrounding an attack scenario
The fact is that I can offer you and a judge or jury a perspective of the “logic” inside of an attack – something that a conventional physical security expert simply cannot. And, make no mistake about it, the “logic” and decision-making inside an attack is VERY different from those that you and are I using right now – very different!
I do not offer assumptions or merely regurgitate data from theoretical works. I work to understand and clarify not only “what” actions a particular person took, but also “why,” and I can evaluate the viability of employee training, facility security measures, as-well-as policies and procedures to a specific incident. I do this by comparing descriptions and details about a physical assault incident with my forty plus years of dealing with physical violence – on the inside of the attack, not from the relaxed atmosphere that we might be discussing the incident from while sitting around a conference table or over lunch.
This is, in and of itself, something that is overlooked or ignored in many cases. Things don’t make sense. A victims’s statement or testimony during deposition or in court seems as though they’re omitting details. But, when I look at their statements, I see a very different picture. And, I can share that knowledge in a way which allows you to steer your case in a more refined direction. In fact, here’s a simple case study to illustrate my point for you:
Case Study: “Lisa”
I was retained by an attorney in Texas who was representing a nurse who had been assaulted by a patient while she was working in the ER. We’ll call her “Lisa,” for the purposes of this study. During deposition, opposing counsel asked “Lisa” how long the attack lasted, to which she responded, “I really can’t be sure.” He then pressed for a better answer by leading with, “…well, was it 30 seconds, 2 minutes… how long do you think it lasted… from start to finish?”
Lisa’s response was again, “I really can’t be sure.” Then she continued with, “Everything was happening so fast… I just don’t know. I’m sorry.”
Opposing counsel continued to press as though she had something to hide or might be exaggerating the facts. When, in reality, “Lisa” was suffering from a kind of “time distortion” which occurs when we are under the adrenal response – the “fight-flight-freeze” response during an attack. I would conclude that “Lisa”, in fact, had no idea how long the event took place, because of her state of “being” during the actual event.
Not only could I point out this detail for her attorney to use, but I was also able to detail not only the flawed nature of the hospital’s workplace violence training, but also what types of training could have at least minimized the damage and severity of injuries that “Lisa” would have suffered.
Please feel free to request my Curriculum Vitae. You will see that my experience speaks for itself. I am not only a self-defense expert, but have also been invited to contribute to published, peer-reviewed, edited works specifically on workplace violence and emergency management (i.e. “Workplace Violence in Mental and General Healthcare Settings”, Dr. Micheal Privitera, 2010, Jones and Bartlett pub; “GIS in Hospital and Healthcare Emergency Management”, Ric Skinner, 2010, CRC pub.)
If you would like to speak to me about a case, you may due so as initial consultations are always without charge. And, of course, if I believe that I cannot be of benefit to helping you win your case for your client, I will not hesitate to tell you so. I will help you to determine the strengths and weaknesses of a given case and offer insights as to direction that may have been overlooked, while also offering protection and confidentiality under Federal Rule 26 (b) (4).
I am available for assignments throughout the United States, and you will find that my rates and fees are very reasonable. To discuss a particular case with me, I may be reached through my office at (570) 988-2228.
Feel free to review some of my written works, including workplace violence articles and self-defense articles as you continue to browse this website.