Columbus, Ohio Personal Injury,
Medical Malpractice and Legal Malpractice Lawyer

John M. Alton Co., LPA
681 S. Front Street
Columbus, Ohio 43206

OSU Mirror Lake Tragedy – Columbus Personal Injury Attorney John M. Alton

On November 2, 1985 OSU Sophomore Kristi Elliott accidently fell into Mirror Lake striking her head on a limestone planter that was created by Ohio State University in the 1930’s for water lillies. Kristi, a member of the OSU swim team, became an instant quadriplegic. Trial lawyer John Alton represented Kristi for more than 7 years in litigation against Ohio State University. After 2 trials and a settlement conference mandated by Judge Dean Strausbaugh, the case settled in December 1993 for $1.375 million.

There were significant obstacles to pursuit of this claim. Kristi had been drinking at the OSU-Iowa football game. She was arguably negligent in entering Mirror Lake even though unintentionally. Although OSU created the planters that were a danger to students entering the lake for 5 decades, there were no reported injuries prior to Kristi’s tragic accident other than one in the 1950’s that John Alton located in the OSU newspaper. OSU had notice of the danger associated with these planters that were in and of themselves inherently dangerous.

Nearly 22 years after the Kristi Elliott settlement OSU permits students to enter the lake and sanctions hundreds of students jumping in the lake before the OSU-Michigan game. All but one of the 8 planters are still beneath the surface of the dark water of Mirror Lake.

Evidence Based Practices Necessary to Improve Quality of Hospital Care

It is findings like this that help explain why so many people are injured or killed in Ohio hospitals and why skilled attorneys are needed to hold them accountable and hopefully obtain improvements in Hospital practices.
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NYC steakhouse settles $600,000 federal lawsuit

The popular Sparks Steak House in New York City has agreed to pay $600,000 in settlement of a suit filed against a male manager who sexually harassed 20+ male waiters. While the company denies the allegations, an investigation by The Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found that the manager had been groping and verbally harassing the employees continually for over eight years.

The percentage of harassment charges reported to the EEOC by males has risen by about 16 percent over the past few years, while the overall number of reports has fallen slightly. The EEOC has stated that it wants to send a message that this behavior is “unacceptable and unlawful,” and Sparks Steak House, in addition to the monetary settlement of the claim, has been ordered to set up a hotline to report any future cases, as well as update their policies and training on sexual harassment.

Jury Awards $850,000 in Police Beating Lawsuit

A drunken off-duty Chicago police officer was caught on video assaulting a female bartender in 2007. He was convicted of aggravated battery and put on probation, and although there was no question as to his guilt, the focus of the trial became whether he was emboldened by the emerging police culture in his brutal attack. A federal jury found that indeed, Chicago police officers seem to adhere to a code of silence to protect one another, and ordered payment of $850,000 in damages to the bartender last week.

Toyota Settles Investor Lawsuit for $25.5 Million

After two years of battling a lawsuit with U.S. shareholders over issues related to the 2010 Toyota recalls, Toyota Motor Corp. has agreed to settle the case for $25.5 million. The company was accused of failure to disclose safety issues that lead to the recalls. Toyota is said to have suffered tens of billions of dollars in losses in their stock value. The recall alone cost the company $5 billion. “We are pleased to be turning the page on this legacy legal issue, pending court approval, and believe this is a reasonable outcome,” says a spokesman for Toyota, although he denied any wrongdoing on the part of the company.

CA Family Wins $4.5 M in Wrongful Death Suit

Parents of a young man who was allegedly beaten to death by four policemen have been awarded $4.5M after suing the officers in Bakersfield, California. The man was found to have died of cardiac arrest after brutal force was used against him when he was apprehended by the policemen while high on methamphetamine. The deputies were found to have acted negligently, although Chief Deputy Counsel stated that he thought the jury’s award for the man’s wrongful death and his parents’ emotional distress was excessive.

Personal Injury Lawyer John Alton Wins Against City of Columbus

Recent Municipal Liability Settlement

Crabtree v. City of Columbus

Client was rendered quadriplegic in a bicycle-automobile collision allegedly due to the negligence of the City of Columbus in failing to repair potholes which prevented him from riding his bicycle as close to the right edge of the road as possible.

Update: Wednesday October 24, 2012

The $1.25 million settlement the Columbus City Council approved paying to a man who said potholes contributed to the crash that left him paralyzed is the largest in the city’s history. Read More

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

Update: Tuesday October 23, 2012

Source: 10TV.com

Update: Tuesday October 23, 2012

Columbus City Council agreed last night to pay $1.25 million to settle a lawsuit that said large potholes on a city street contributed to a crash that left a bicyclist paralyzed — a decision that puts cities across the state on notice that they can be held liable for streets in disrepair. Read More

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

 

Brain Injury Lawyer in Columbus, OH

The human brain is amazingly complex, and brain injury law is almost as complicated. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury from an auto accident, medical procedure, or other type of negligence, an experienced brain injury lawyer is someone who understands your ailment and can get you the highest possible financial settlement to help you cope with a life-changing injury.

Trial attorney John Alton is an experienced Columbus OH brain injury lawyer who will be able to explain the intricacies of your condition to a courtroom. John Alton regularly joins forces with medical experts who will work with you to ensure that you receive the financial compensation you deserve under law. Considering how difficult brain injuries are to endure, no one should go through this type of trauma without a brain injury lawyer to take care of financial and legal hardships. John Alton, a personal injury attorney, will be happy to meet with you for a free consultation.

 

Columbus Brain Injury Lawyer

Columbus Brain Injury Lawyer

If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury caused by personal injury, you may be entitled to compensation. When you hire a Columbus Brain Injury Lawyer, John Alton, you can expect a lawyer that has an impressive track record handling brain injury cases, with a relentless commitment to fight for justice.

Did you Know? John Alton has won one of the biggest brain injury cases against the city of Columbus.

Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer

Nearly 2 million Americans suffer brain injuries each year. Almost 100,000 are left permanently disabled. The disabilities are physical, cognitive, behavioral, and/or emotional in nature. The fortunate victims who survive brain injury and are not permanently disabled often require five to ten years of rehabilitation before they can lead normal lives again.

After a traumatic brain injury, the brain can’t properly function as it did before the injury. The nerves and neurons may not be able to deliver messages, leaving the speech, body movements, and mental processes not able to operate effectively. When this happens, it is referred to as a brain injury. There are two types of brain injury that can have permanent and devastating effects and can even lead to death: traumatic brain injury and acquired brain injury.

When there is an external blow to the head with some type of force, traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result. A few of the common causes of TBI are auto accidents; firearm accidents; premises liability accidents; and accidents incurred playing active sports such as rollerblading, hockey, and basketball. TBI may also result from incidents where the head is violently shaken or there is a blow to the skull. Shaken baby syndrome and high-speed auto accidents are two very common causes of TBI.

Brain Injury Lawyer Columbus, Ohio

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a brain injury accident, contact brain injury lawyer John Alton for a free evaluation.

John Alton, a personal injury lawyer,  represent brain injury victims throughout Ohio, including Columbus, Dublin, Powell, Westerville, Hilliard, London, Reynoldsburg, Newark and other surrounding cities.

Philadelphia Jury awards $78.5M in Birthing Malpractice Case

A woman whose 3-year-old son was born with cerebral palsy was awarded $78.5 million by a PA hospital which was found to have been negligent in his delivery. 34-year old Victoria Upsey showed up to Pottstown Memorial Medical Center in 2008 with a condition depriving her unborn son of oxygen. An ultrasound was interpreted to show that the baby had no heartbeat but a second test performed 81 minutes later proved that there was, contradicting earlier findings that the baby was already dead. Plaintiff’s experts contended that had an emergency caesarian been performed before those 81 minutes went by, the baby would have been delivered without issue and would not have developed cerebral palsy. The hospital’s ultrasound equipment was outdated, and no trained ultrasound technician was originally provided. This lead the jury to find the hospital at fault, but not the physician. Upsey, a single mother, received the large compensation for her son’s future medical costs and pain and suffering.

Read the original article at http://articles.philly.com/2012-05-06/business/31587209_1_jury-awards-cerebral-palsy-medical-malpractice-case

 

Medical Malpractice Lawyer

CA Dept. of Transportation pays $3.75M for Dangerous Road Design in Tragic Car Wreck on Hgwy. 101

A woman from Gilroy, CA recently received a $4.55 million total settlement in a lawsuit stemming from a catastrophic car accident on Highway 101, suing both the at-fault driver and the California Dept. of Transportations (“Caltrans”). Anna Reznik, caregiver for 92-year-old Olga Tarcher, also a passenger in the vehicle, was driving northbound up 101 when Yong Ae Bowman, 69 at the time, pulled out in front of her vehicle from a side street. Tarcher was killed, and the collision “broke most of Reznik’s bones from her feet to her pelvis,” according to her attorney. She also suffered massive brain injury, was bedridden for six months, wheelchair-bound for many more, and now walks with a quad cane and is finally able to drive again after the 2009 collision (short distances only). Caltrans was responsible for a majority of the settlement, paying Ms. Reznik $3.75 million and stating that the entire situation is “a poster child for the kind of accident we’re trying to avoid.” The California Highway Patrol named the intersection one of the most dangerous in the country, and has begun to put into motion plans to reconstruct the roadway by 2015 to make the often-treacherous Highway 101 a bit safer.

Read the original article at http://www.montereyherald.com/traffic/ci_20446416/gilroy-woman-wins-4-55-million-settlement-highway