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

1071 S. High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Call : 614.221.6751   1-888-525-8662
  • John M. Alton

Columbus Ohio Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Lawyer

Representative Settlements


John Alton is now devoting at least half of his time to serving as a mediator throughout Ohio. He’s mediated more than 75 cases in Columbus, Cleveland, Akron, Dayton, Toledo, Van Wert, Lancaster, Athens and Wheeling. About half the mediations have been PI/wrongful death. The other half have been medical malpractice or legal malpractice. Property & Casualty carriers including CNA, AIG, State Farm, Allstate, Nationwide, Cincinnati, Westfield, Auto-Owners, Grange, State Auto, Motorist, Travelers, Liberty Mutual, American Specialty Insurance, Central Mutual and Donegal have approved Mr. Alton as a mediator for personal injury cases as have several self-insured companies.

Medical malpractice carriers including The Doctors Company (TDC), Medical Protective, ProAssurance,  Preferred Professionals Insurance Company (PPIC), Podiatry Insurance Company of America (PICA), Hudson Specialty Lines, NCMIC and several hospitals including Summa Health in Akron, Kettering Health Network near Dayton and Licking Memorial in Newark have approved him as a mediator for medical malpractice cases.

ProAssurance, OBLIC and other legal malpractice insurance carriers have approved Mr. Alton as a mediator for legal malpractice cases.

Defense law firms and insurance company house counsel that have approved Mr. Alton as a mediator in addition to your firm in Dayton and Columbus include Roetzel, Reminger, Arnold Todaro & Welch, Poling Law, Weston Hurd, Vorys, Dinsmore, Isaac Wiles, Bieser Greer & Landis, Tucker Ellis, Robison Curphey & O’Connell, Dickie McCamey, Gallagher Gams, Smith Rolfes, Curry Roby & Mulvey, Plunkett & Cooney, Calderhead Lockemeyer & Peschke, Reese Pyle Drake & Meyer, Bahret & Associates, Nationwide House Counsel, CIC House Counsel, Grange House Counsel and State Auto House Counsel.

John Alton is usually available on short notice to be a mediator.

Brain damaged baby settlement

On February 21, 2015 John Alton settled a brain damaged baby case for $2.85 million. The case was unusual in that the baby was normal for the first 12 hours after birth. Then the parents noted that he was not moving much. When the parents told a nurse about their concerns, the response was that nothing was wrong. No one contacted a doctor.

A few hours later the baby was cool to the touch and dusky. His pulse oxygen was 27%. After transfer to the NICU he was unresponsive with abnormal muscle tone.

This baby was born in a normal state of good health, had begun to experience chronic hypoxemia which caused his lack of activity. Defense experts agreed that the baby should have been examined earlier, but the nurse insisted that the baby was normal all day.

Anoxic brain injury settlement

On April 21, 2015 John Alton settled an anoxic brain injury case for $2,100,000. The case involved negligence of nurses and Residents at a hospital following a thyroidectomy on a 72-year old woman. Nurses and Residents noticed swelling and a progression of the swelling in the recovery room, but failed to monitor the patient more closely, and failed to notify the attending Surgeon.

Eight hours after the swelling was first noted, the woman had an arrest due to a compressive hematoma which blocked her airway. By the time the hematoma was evacuated, she suffered a severe anoxic brain injury. She was 75 years old at the time of the settlement, and has largely been cared for by her husband since sustaining the anoxic brain injury.

Why John Alton?

As one of the most esteemed personal injury, medical malpractice and legal malpractice lawyers in Central Ohio, John Alton has over thirty years of experience and has received numerous awards and honors. Listed below are eight of them.

    • American Board of Trial Advocates (1996)

John Alton became a member only two years after switching sides to become a plaintiffs’ attorney. ABOTA is a national trial lawyer organization comprised of 50% plaintiffs’ lawyers and 50% defense lawyers.

    • Certification in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (1997)

The only organization accepted by the Ohio Supreme Court for certification in Civil Trial Advocacy is the National Board of Trial Advocacy. To become certified in civil trial advocacy one must prove significant trial experience and pass an extensive examination on substantive law areas such as personal injury and medical malpractice, ethics and the Federal Rules of Evidence.

    • American College of Trial Lawyers (2000)

The American College of Trial Lawyers is the most exclusive trial lawyer organization in the country and is limited to no more than 1% of the lawyers in any state. In Ohio only .3 of 1% of lawyers are Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers. To be accepted, one must be sponsored and unanimously approved at the local, state and national levels of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

    • Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (1992)

Since 1985, John Alton’s peers have rated his legal ability and ethics the highest level – AV. In 1992 Martindale Hubbell also recognized John Alton as a preeminent lawyer in medical malpractice – a very narrow subspecialty of personal injury law.

    • Million Dollar Advocates Forum (1999)

To be eligible for the Million Dollar Advocates Forum one must have a settlement or jury verdict in excess of $1 million. John Alton obtained his first in 1993 while still a defense lawyer.

    • Ohio Super Lawyers (2004)

For the past nine years, John Alton has been rated a Super Lawyer by his peers in Ohio Super Lawyers. He is one of only two plaintiffs’ medical malpractice lawyers in Franklin County who has received the honor of Super Lawyer every year since 2004.

    • Best Lawyers (2005)

Since 2005 John Alton has been recognized by Best Lawyers in plaintiffs’ medical malpractice, product labiality and personal injury. In 2013 John Alton was recognized at the Tier 1 level in each of those areas of concentration.

Practice Areas


Medical Malpractice

Personal Injury

Legal Malpractice

Business Litigation

Expert Witness

Medical Malpractice

Birth Injuries / Brain Damaged Babies
Anoxic Brain Injuries / Wrongful Death
Catastrophic Injuries / Substantial Vehicular Collisions
Legal Malpractice


The Pothole Case

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

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