John E. Leighton

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John Elliott Leighton is the Managing Partner of Leighton Law, P.A. based in Miami, Florida. Mr. Leighton litigates and tries significant cases on behalf of individuals throughout Florida and the United States. He has been called upon to provide his trial skills to represent plaintiffs throughout the country, including New York, Texas, Indiana, Wisconsin, Georgia, Illinois and North Carolina.

Mr. Leighton recently authored Litigating Premises Security Cases, a two-volume book published by Thomson-West, which provides comprehensive information on investigating, preparing and trying inadequate security cases and representing crime victims. His trial in Jeffery v. Publix Super Markets, a landmark inadequate security case, was the subject of an entire chapter in the book, Persuasive Jury Communication: Case Studies from Successful Trials, Chapter 10 (Shepard’s/McGraw-Hill, 1995). Mr. Leighton received the Advocate of Justice Award from the National Crime Victim Bar Association for his work in representing violent crime victims against corporate defendants. He is a frequent lecturer at national legal programs and has spoken and taught at seminars, colleges and conventions in over a dozen states.

Many of Mr. Leighton’s cases are high profile or have wide reaching social implications. Several cases have resulted in policy or procedure changes on the part of the businesses or governmental entities sued. He is often called upon by local and national media to comment on legal issues, including NBC’s Today show, Inside Edition, and many other news programs. As a trial lawyer Mr. Leighton has obtained some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the country, including a $24.3 million wrongful death verdict and $24.1 million medical malpractice birth trauma verdict.

Mr. Leighton continues to represent victims of sexual assault and sex abuse, including those who are victimized by institutional and corporate cover-ups. Because many institutions in this country turn a blind eye to abuse committed by their employees or volunteers, sexual abuse and sexual assault continues to traumatize generation after generation. Mr. Leighton is committed to ending this cycle through the civil justice system.
Another aspect of Mr. Leighton’s practice is representing victims of legal malpractice. Unfortunately not all legal representation meets the standard of care. When it does not, and a client suffers an injury, it may be a case of legal malpractice. The firm believes that all lawyers have an obligation to stand behind the ethical principles of the legal profession and call to task those whose mistakes have harmed clients.

Expert Articles by John E. Leighton

Accident and Personal Injury Law

Take action to avoid becoming a victim of medical malpractice
Most doctors, physician assistants, nurses, and other providers are competent, caring professionals who do the best they can to treat their patients. But there can be big differences in terms of their...

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Accident and Personal Injury Law

Car accident? Know the facts in filing insurance claims
Always remember that insurance companies are a business and as such they will always try to pay out the minimum amount of money to victims of an accident. So never accept the first settlement offer fr...
Expert advice when you are involved and hurt in a car accident
A car accident is often a very physical and emotional personal crisis that will consume a lot of your time long after the accident occurred. Remember to stay calm, get medical attention, contact the ...
Preparation is key to overcoming a medical malpractice situation
Be very careful when taking the steps to start a medical malpractice case. Malpractice cases are not quick, so take your time when choosing the right medical malpractice lawyer....
Protect your health and accident case with a traumatic brain injury
Traumatic brain injuries are painful for the victim and their loved ones. Have a family member research injury attorneys while you rest and receive treatment. As long as you have the proper documentat...
Take action to avoid becoming a victim of medical malpractice
Most doctors, physician assistants, nurses, and other providers are competent, caring professionals who do the best they can to treat their patients. But there can be big differences in terms of their...
Essential advice for filing a worker's compensation claim
These “dos” and “don’ts” are a brief overview of the worker’s compensation system in most states. However, each state has specific laws that may differ. It is important to consult with an ...
How to file a successful product liability lawsuit
Consumers are always at risk when using products, but they should not be the victim during a defective product lawsuit. These suits are often complicated for a number of reasons. An attorney will coor...
What to do when assaulted or attacked by someone
An assault is an intentional and unlawful “touching” causing injury to another person and can be anything from just touching to serious injury or death. The police will investigate the assault and...
Expert advice for veterans on successfully suing the VA
Bringing a lawsuit against the federal government is never an easy path, but there are steps that can be taken to minimize the hardship. By staying organized, gathering evidence and consulting with ex...
Expert advice for consumers when filing and litigating a civil lawsuit
Litigation is never completely secure; there is always some element of risk involved. However, you can mitigate your risk by gathering and organizing as much information as possible, preparing a conci...
Be prepared when suing for wrongful death due to medical malpractice
Nothing can bring back a close family member, and you may experience their loss for the rest of your life. But the wrongful death suit you bring on their behalf can help reduce the chance that someone...
Before signing a waiver, you should consider this expert advice
These days, a waiver is exchanged right along with a greeting as you enter into a facility – or even your friend’s backyard. Read up on the common language and types of waivers that companies use....
Sue for medical malpractice due to misdiagnosed breast cancer
Breast cancer misdiagnosis cases stem from a variety of medical errors and oversights, from misinterpreted imaging to poorly performed biopsies. Their impact may be severe, but with the right attorney...
Should you settle or go to court for a medical malpractice lawsuit?
There is no magic formula when it comes to deciding whether or not you should take your malpractice lawsuit to trial or settle out of court. Instead, the decision should be born out of experience, und...
Know how to file a workers' compensation claim when injured at work
Protect yourself and your family. You’ve worked hard, don’t let an injury ruin you. Find a qualified workers’ compensation attorney, and do your due diligence in researching what benefits you ar...
Advice for what to do if your homeowner's association is sued
A lawsuit is a serious matter that a homeowner’s association must respond to within the time afforded to it. The association should notify the professionals it works with, namely its attorney and in...

Injuries

Some first aid advice when you dislocate your shoulder
Serious shoulder injuries need medical attention. If you think you’ve dislocated or fractured your shoulder, go to the ER right away. Don’t move the arm excessively. You can ice for short periods ...
Know how to treat a concussion right away to prevent brain damage
Concussions are common brain injuries that may occur due to sports or recreational activities. Symptoms of concussion can be varied including loss of consciousness, lethargy, headache, disorientation,...
First aid advice to assess and treat a lower back injury
Acute low back pain is common. Most of the time it is due to muscle strain and can be managed conservatively. However, there are some cases that need to be treated with more urgency. If that is the ca...
First aid advice for the treatment of a pulled muscle
The treatment for a pulled muscle is simple. A few common sense tips can get you back on track. Ice the strained muscle intermittently and get some much needed rest....
What to do if your child experiences a concussion or blow to the head
It's important to take proper steps if you suspect a concussion because it can be serious. Treatment of a concussion involves resting the brain until no more symptoms are present. Rest helps the brain...
Surgery is not your only option for treating an ACL injury
When we get injured our first reaction is always to get better as soon as possible. However, it’s always best to slow down and take a long range view of not only treating the immediate injury but ho...
Advice for choosing a brain injury rehabilitation program
A brain injury can occur in an instant, resulting in lifelong challenges. Choosing a brain injury rehabilitation center is an important step in recovery. Just as each individual and family is unique, ...
Get back on your feet again after a hamstring injury with rehab
Hamstring injuries are common in running sports. Formal rehabilitation is important to return to patient to pre-injury levels of function as soon as possible. Adherence to prescribed regimens of thera...
How to avoid and recover from a knee injury caused by running
When rehabbing a knee injury, or any injury, it’s important to stay patient. Many runners want to return to full capacity too quickly which can lead to a relapse in pain. By listening to your body a...
Choose a physical therapist with the right experience and credentials
It is not always that easy finding a good physical therapist. Just like any profession, some have more experience than others and some are simply more qualified. Do your due diligence and research bot...
Patient Advocacy: What to do when a loved one is hospitalized
When a loved one is hospitalized, it is easy to be overwhelmed, frightened or stressed. These are normal emotions, but they can get in your way, preventing you from managing and doing your best. The m...
First aid advice if you experience a groin pull or strain
Truly listening to your body is key when it comes to an injury to the groin. Following the procedures of Rest, Ice, Compression, Anti-Inflammatories (RICA), will speed up the process of healing. Follo...
What to do if you tear your Achilles tendon
Tearing your Achilles tendon can be very painful and debilitating. Imaging such as diagnostic ultrasound or MRI can be very helpful in diagnosing an Achilles tendon tear. Taking proper care of it is i...
Essential advice for ensuring a successful ACL injury rehab
Rehabbing from an ACL tear is no easy task. It is imperative that you work closely with your physician and physical therapist in order to make a full recovery. Keeping in mind some of the major goals ...
Treat a hamstring injury with proper rehabilitation and recovery
Hamstring muscle injuries are common and painful. They are especially common in athletes who participate in sports that require sprinting, such as track, soccer and basketball. Others at high risk of ...
Proper treatment of an ankle injury can prevent long term problems
The ankle is one of the most frequently injured parts of the body among athletes. Many fractures and sprains occur during sports. Football players are vulnerable to foot and ankle sprains and fracture...
How to most successfully treat a lumbar herniated disc injury
A herniated disc is a serious medical issue and should be dealt with properly by seeing your doctor and taking part in any diagnostic studies needed to confirm this diagnosis. If you experience any mu...

Neck and Back Pain

Gentle stretches, heat, and ice can help you alleviate lower back pain
When you experience low back pain, gentle movements are the key, and gentle stretches are the best exercise. If pain does not reduce significantly within a few days, seek treatment from a physical the...
Chiropractor or physical therapist can alleviate lower back pain
Where the pain is will most likely not be where the problem is. The pain is a symptom, but the problem needs to be addressed once the symptoms abate. Further, you must retrain the proprioceptors, in t...
Enjoy a relaxing and healing massage with a skilled massage therapist
Enjoy your massage and follow this advice to help you have the best massage ever. Remember to speak up, come regularly and enjoy your time. May your massages be frequent and relaxing....
Spinal cord stimulation is a great way to help treat back pain
Spinal cord stimulation is an excellent treatment option for several different types of pain. It offers the possibility of long term pain relief without the problems and side effects that come from me...
Interventional therapy: reduce back pain and increase functionality
Dealing with severe back pain is challenging, but in many cases interventional treatments can be used to reduce pain and get patients back to to full functionality. Anyone with severe pain should disc...
Relieve neck pain and stiffness at the first sign of discomfort
Hopefully your “pains in the neck” are few and far between, but if you face this common obstruction, these tips can help. Don’t forget to deal with the problem as soon as you can, try massage an...
Expert advice for preventing neck stiffness from sleeping
Neck function and performance during sleeping is a great report card for the performance of our lives. To enhance our function and performance people should stretch, take long hot showers, dress for s...
Expert advice for alleviating and getting treatment for neck pain
Neck pain is a common problem. Acute neck pain often has a different cause than chronic neck pain. Conservative treatment is generally effective. However, with more serious problems, a more aggressive...
What to do if you wake up with pain from a bad crick in your neck
“Cricks in the neck” are common problems that usually get better over a short period of time. Above are a few simple things you can do to recover more quickly....
Help overcoming and relieving lower back pain and sciatica
Hopefully you’ll never experience low back or sciatica pain. If you do, hopefully these suggestions help. Remember to explore your options and don’t panic. Consult with a doctor if you have any qu...
Help treating a slipped disc and getting back to full health
If you’re suffering longer than a few months, you have a chronic condition. If you are seeking regular treatment and are still in pain, it’s fair to say it’s probably not working. Slipped disc c...
Alleviating back pain now saves money and discomfort in the future
By being the primary advocate for your health and engaging in practices to mitigate back pain, you can identify and reduce the occurrence of injuries, increase your productivity and enhance your overa...
How to treat chronic pain with Rolfing structural integration
Chronic pain can be debilitating and depressing but it does not have to be a life sentence. Rolfing Structural Integration can help resolve long standing patterns of strain and discomfort by restoring...
Is your workspace spine-friendly? Ergonomics to reduce pain
We can’t always prevent injuries and accidents in the workplace, but reducing some of the risk factors can certainly help. Protecting your spine when you can will help keep you and your employees ha...
Find relief from lower back pain through chiropractic care
The vast majority of low back related pain can be managed with self-care and chiropractic care. Clearly, there are situations that will require pain medication and even surgery, but don’t jump to th...
Swedish massage therapy helps alleviate pain in your neck and back
Massage therapy can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health. A growing body of research shows that Swedish massage therapy can be effective in treating pain caused by various ailment...

Joint Pain

Get relief with advanced treatments for chronic muscle and joint pain
There are numerous advanced therapies that are safe and effective for chronic musculoskeletal pain. All treatments for chronic pain should be supervised by a licensed physician to avoid complicating y...
Get treatment for chronic joint pain associated with arthritis
Identifying the cause or set of causes of your chronic pain is the first, crucial step in optimizing your outcome. You should seek out a physician familiar with the different types of chronic pain to ...
Know what osteoarthritis is to help you alleviate and treat symptoms
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and is due to progressive loss of the hyaline cartilage that caps the ends of long bones in joints. Cartilage is an elastic tissue that can withstan...
Mesenchymal stem cells can help you in the treatment of osteoarthritis
Regenerative medicine techniques employing mesenchymal stem cells will revolutionize the clinical treatment of osteoarthritis. Within ten to fifteen years, biologic replacements using mesenchymal stem...
Treat pain and fatigue symptoms associated with fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia, a widespread pain disorder, has been recognized for over a century. Because of the lack of any true diagnostic tests, it remains a diagnosis of exclusion. Many seemingly unrelated sympto...
Find relief for joint pain with help from multiple treatment options
I hope you never suffer from joint pain, but if you do these suggestions should help. Remember you have choices in the type of care you get and the method of practitioner you seek out. Review all your...
Manage joint pain with moderate exercise and help from your doctor
If you are suffering from joint pain, you are not alone. One in five Americans are afflicted with arthritis, including 300,000 children, and it is the leading cause of disability in the United States....
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is the major cause of physician visits in adults over 65 and the most common cause of disability in adults. Arthritis can cause blindness, paralysis, deafness, and even early death. The term...
A Thai massage can help relieve joint pain and relax your body
Once you have determined that Thai massage is right for you, get ready to lay back and enjoy the healing. The benefits are for more extensive than can be listed in one article. This modality will not ...
Use acupuncture as an integrative medicine to relieve joint pain
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine provide holistic, minimally invasive techniques to address acute and chronic joint pain. These time-tested techniques often complement the ever-expanding approaches to...
What you eat and how you exercise can prevent foot and joint pain
Always consult your physician if you have questions about preventing joint pain. Sore joints can have a significant negative effect on your life and prevent you from doing the things you love. Maintai...
Expert advice on the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis
Osteoporosis reflects a decline in bone mineral density (BMD) in men and women associated with aging. There are many secondary causes of low BMD that your doctor needs to assess before initiating ther...
Use Chinese herbal medicine to help manage chronic joint pain
Chinese herbal medicine can be an effective element when incorporated into a comprehensive pain management program for chronic joint pain....
Choose a trustworthy orthopedic surgeon to help manage joint pain
There are many medical professionals out there and it can be extremely daunting to just go through a list of names. The best thing to do is ask around for referrals, check credentials, make an initial...
You don’t have to live with the daily pain associated with arthritis
Pain sufferers of all ages can take heart that medical professionals all over the world are looking to find ways to reduce and even eradicate pain. The concept of interventional pain care – tackling...
Get diagnosed early to help optimize treatment for arthritis
In the final analysis, you want an expert physician who’s a good listener, is thoughtful but aggressive in their approach, and who will answer your questions. Luckily, if you follow this advice, you...
Know the different treatments for osteoarthritis and how they help
Dealing with chronic pain is tough and can have a negative impact on your life. Luckily, there are many options to help manage the pain and help you restore your normal lifestyle. Remember the first c...
Relieve chronic pain from osteoarthritis with knee replacement surgery
Getting knee replacement surgery can seem frightful and there are many things to consider. Weigh your options with your surgeon and have open discussions about what to expect. Don’t let fear hold yo...
Carpal tunnel syndrome: Common symptoms and advice for getting help
Carpal Tunnel is a very common condition and the most important thing is to consult with a qualified hand surgeon or your primary care physician. That way they can assess the severity of your pain and...
You may not need a total knee replacement after a serious injury
Osteoarthritis ruins far too many lives. Don’t let it ruin yours. Be proactive in seeking biologic treatment that doesn’t just mask the symptoms but more importantly addresses the cause of the art...
Reduce and prevent pain when living with joint hypermobility
Joint hypermobility may affect some people and not others. It also may be a sign of other problems with collagen or the connective tissue. Joint hypermobility is not benign if it causes a problem. For...
Take a stand against gout: How to detect and manage the disease
While gout is a very serious and painful disease, people with gout can lead a normal life by seeking immediate medical attention and following the right treatment plan. Once a person is diagnosed with...
Reduce your knee pain and gain flexibility while exercising
Touchy knees shouldn’t be ignored. Try these tips and see if there’s improvement. If you still have pain, check with your healthcare professional--don’t wait. Correctly managing knee pain will k...
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