PREMISES LIABILITY + WORKERS' COMPENSATION
Plaintiff slipped on water on a break room floor after it had just been mopped by a maintenance person. The maintenance person failed to put up any warning of the wet floor and Plaintiff fractured her knee cap requiring 3 surgeries. Our office represented Plaintiff in both the personal injury matter and the workers’ compensation matter. Workers’ compensation paid for all related medical care and waived its right to reimbursement from the personal injury recovery in exchange for a $1.00 workers’ compensation settlement. Personal injury settlement with janitorial company was $750,000, workers’ compensation benefits totaled $75,000.00.
Plaintiff stepped into an uncapped drain pipe in the common area of her neighborhood, causing fractures and ultimately resulting in CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrom).
Car accident where other driver pulled out of a private parking lot in front of our client. The Plaintiff suffered permanent damage to her neck (disc herniations) which required surgery (cervical fusion).
NURSING HOME NEGLIGENCE
A man with advanced Parkinson’s disease and Parkinson’s associated dementia fell at least three times while in the care of a nursing home. The third fall caused a displaced femoral fracture and required an ORIF (open reduction, internal fixation) surgery to repair it. The plaintiff alleged the nursing home failed to develop an appropriate care plan for a high fall risk resident and that the nursing staff failed to follow the care plan that was in place. The parties settled during a pretrial conference with a trial judge in Cook County. The settlement amount represents $200,000 of the $210,000 that remained on the eroding policy limits.
SLIP & FALL
Plaintiff entered the door of an office building and fell down a dimly lit flight of stairs resulting in a sprained ankle, deep venous thrombosis (blood clot) and pulmonary embolism.
SLIP & FALL
Woman slipped and fell on ice in a defective parking lot outside of a business in Plainfield resulting in a fractured ankle requiring two surgeries.
SLIP & FALL
Plaintiff slipped on ice that formed in a parking lot as the result of negligently placed gutter extensions on a professional building. Plaintiff tore tendonds in his ankle and required surgery. The insurance company denied his claim, we filed suit, and through aggressive and thorough discovery, we were able to establish our case to leverage an excellent settlement for our client.
Plaintiff's foot became wedged in a crack of a sidewalk outside of a commercial building resulting in a fall. Plaintiff had preexisting conditions in both of her feet which were aggravated by the fall necessitating surgery on both the left and right foot.
CONSTRUCTION SITE INJURY
A worker was seriously injured when a wood beam fell on his head at a construction site. Our client had preexisting neck injuries which were exacerbated by this incident. The injured worker couldn't go back to his job as a carpenter. The case was filed as a wage differential claim and took into account that the injured worker would earn less money over the remainder of his life as a result of permanent work restrictions.
Motor vehicle collision with extensive back injury requiring surgery. The at-fault driver's policy limit of $100,000.00 was obtained. Marker & Associates, P.C. is seeking additional recovery by pursuing an underinsured motorist claim on behalf of the injured driver.
Plaintiff sustained a broken arm when the Defendant attempted to pass her while she was performing a legal U-turn. Mr. Crannell attempted to settle the case before filing a lawsuit, but the other driver's insurance company offered only $50,000.00. A lawsuit was filed in Will County and the case was settled shortly after the party depositions were completed for the policy limits of $100,000.00.
SLIP & FALL
Slip and fall on ice in the employer's parking lot. The snow and ice removal company and landowner were sued in Cook County for improperly removing snow and ice from the parking lot. Plaintiff, by attorney Jonathan Crannell, successfully defended a Motion for Summary Judgment and subsequently settled the case in a pretrial settlement conference.
Our client was stopped a red light at Butterfield and Naperville Road in Wheaton, Illinois when she was rear-ended by the Defendant. She sustained a concussion, herniated discs in her cervical and thoracic spine, and worsening of a pre-existing lumbar herniation. She underwent physical therapy and trigger point injections. Her doctor recommended epidural steroid injections and testified that her injuries are permanent, painful, and likely to get worse over time. Prior to trial the Plaintiff offered to settle for the Defendant's policy limits of $100,000.00. The best offer from the Defense was $25,000.00. Trial lasted 4 days and the DuPage County jury returned a verdict for $800,000.00. The Defendant's insurance company, State Farm, paid the entire verdict plus costs.
JURY VERDICT: $800,000.00 + $6,129.11(costs)
New resident of an apartment complex fell when her foot became wedged in a hole in the common area of the property. As a result of her fall, plaintiff sustained bilateral injuries to her wrists, knees, ankles, and back. The defendant argued that they had no notice of the hole in the property and that they have no duty to warn of conditions unknown to them. Our office issued a subpoena to their landscaping company which revealed the complex was aware of other holes on the property days before the plaintiff’s fall. Defendant filed a motion for summary judgment based on lack of notice, but the judge denied the defendant’s motion in large part because of the landscaping document obtained by subpoena. A pretrial conference was held with the motion judge in Cook County.
Plaintiff was rear-ended while stopped for a red light resulting in C4-5 cervical fusion and surgery at C7-T1 as well. He had pre-existing spinal conditions, including a prior cervical fusion in 2003. The police report indicated no damage to either vehicle. The settlement was comprised of the full policy limits of the at-fault driver ($100,000) and the full policy limits of Plaintiff’s underinsured motorist insurance ($400,000).
Plaintiffs, husband, and wife, were enjoying a drive-in St. Charles when a drunk driver ran a red light and crashed into them. The defendant was charged with his third DUI, he pleaded guilty, and State Farm defended the case for almost 3 years. After taking the drunk driver’s deposition and filing a motion for punitive damages, State Farm offered the full policy limits to both Plaintiffs ($100,000.00 each) for a total of $200,000.00.
NURSING HOME FALL
Plaintiff, executor of the estate of nursing home resident’s estate, contacted our firm after her husband passed away from conditions unrelated to the claim. The resident fell while attempting to use the restroom and fractured his tibia/fibula. Records indicated the resident’s call light was on. The resident passed away 2 weeks later from unrelated health conditions.
TORN ROTATOR CUFF
A 63-year-old maintenance worker sustained a rotator cuff tear necessitating surgery when he fell down a ravine in Lisle.
HERNIATED DISC IN NECK
Middle-aged truck driver suffered a herniated disc in his neck which required surgery. As a result of his injuries he could not return to work as a truck driver and had to accept a lower paying dispatcher position. Verdict amount represents the wage differential.
AUTO MECHANIC – REPETITIVE TRAUMA
Our client, an auto mechanic, required multiple surgeries to repair a repetitive trauma rotator cuff tear injury to his dominant shoulder.
EQUIPMENT DELIVERY - BACK INJURY
Petitioner delivered restaurant equipment and injured his lower back while bringing heavy items down a ramp. His injuries required surgery (laminotomy) at L5-S1.
Petitioner was a nurse/patient care technician who herniated discs while lifting a patient into wheelchair. Her employer did not have workers' compensation insurance, our work comp lawyer Jason Marker obtained the largest settlement to date with the State of Illinois Injured Workers' Benefit fund.
PRESSURE WASHER INJURY
Petitioner was shot in the leg with a pressure washer causing substantial loss of muscle and resulting in CRPS.
TORN ROTATOR CUFF
A 60-year-old service technician who installs overhead doors was injured when the header of a doorway fell off, knocking him off the ladder. His torn rotator cuff required two surgeries and a substantial amount of physical therapy. He was released from care with permanent restrictions and was unable to return to the same job. The workers’ compensation insurance company paid for his time off, his medical bills, and settled on a negotiated, lump sum, wage-differential claim for $180,000.
The policy limits of the at-fault driver's car insurance were secured on behalf of our client who sustained a vertebral fracture as the result of a car accident. Despite having medical bills that exceeded the policy limits, Marker & Associates negotiated with his medical providers so that the Plaintiff received approximately 1/3 of the settlement funds as compensation for pain and suffering. Low policy limits can cripple a case, but that is when an attorney can really add value.
Slip and Fall - Grocery Store
Our client slipped and fell at a Bolingbrook specialty grocery store on a recently mopped floor. The store had a history of slip and fall injuries and should have known that the floors became dangerously slippery when recently mopped. Despite this, the store employee mopped behind our client while her back was turned and gave her no warning that the floor would be wet when she turned around. There were no "wet floor" signs in place, the store had no floor maintenance policies or procedures, and never trained its employees on how to properly and safely mop a floor. Our 55-year-old client slipped and fell injuring the left side of her body including a left-shoulder rotator cuff and labral tear (3 surgeries), and aggravations of the preexisting ankle (surgery), knee (surgery), back (injections), and pain conditions.