Firm News

Stay up to date with our firm's news!  A lot is happening in our office and in the courtroom - we are proud of the work we do and the people we represent.

Firm News

  • April, 2018: Marker & Crannell is excited to introduce our newest team member, Antonieta Rodriguez. Antonieta "Toni" is a fluent Spanish speaker with more than a decade of experience as a workers' compensation and personal injury paralegal. Ms. Rodriguez will work directly with Attorney Ashley Marcos as her dedicated paralegal.
  • March 13, 2018: We have been rebranded! Same firm, but a new fresh look courtesy of Gabrielle Marcos. If you think your business could benefit from a fresh new look, you too can be restyled by a pro. Want to heck out more of Gabrielle's stuff? Click Here!
  • February 26, 2018: Marker & Crannell is excited to welcome Kimberly Garrigan to our team! Ms. Garrigan will support Jason Marker and his clients in their Workers' Compensation cases. She has over 27 years of experience with Workers' Compensation and will surely make an impact as our newest team member. Ms. Garrigan's direct phone number is 630-995-9660 and her email is kgarrigan@marker-law.com.
  • February 1, 2018: Did you know you can send your attorney a text message? Our attorneys' and paralegals' direct dial numbers are set up to receive text messages. Send your off-work notes, photographs, or updates from you cell phone!
  • January 1, 2018: Marker & Associates becomes Marker & Crannell as Jonathan Crannell and Jason Marker put pen to paper and made their partnership official!
  • 2017: Jon Crannell was given the "Client's Choice" award by Avvo.com for having received such stellar reviews from his clients!
  • August 15, 2016:  We are pleased to welcome Ashley Marcos to our team of attorneys!  Ms. Marcos will focus on representing injured clients in both workers' compensation and personal injury matters.  She is a graduate of the Notre Dame Law School, speaks fluent Spanish, and shares our passion for helping our injured clients and fighting for fairness.
  • Mr. Marker met with State Representative David S. Olsen (81st District) to advocate for his clients against the proposed legislation which would make it more difficult for injured workers to receive benefits under the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act.

Settlements and Verdicts

  • Personal Injury - Settled: $250,000.00. Car Accident: Plaintiff was rear-ended and suffered injuries to his low back that required a disc replacement surgery at L5-S1. Defendant's policy limits were obtained as the result of aggressive and persistent litigation.
  • Workers' Compensation - Settled: $450,000.00.  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.
  • Personal Injury - Settled: $340,000.00.  Premises Liability: 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).
  • Personal Injury - Settled for $190,000.00.  Slip and Fall / Premises Liability: 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.
  • Workers' Compensation - Settled for $245,000.00.  Petitioner was shot in the leg with a pressure washer causing substantial loss of muscle and resulting in CRPS.
  • Personal Injury - Settled for $60,000.00.  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.
  • Personal Injury - Settled for $225,000.00.  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).  
  • Personal Injury - Settled: $100,000.00.  Car Accident: 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.  
  • Personal Injury - Settled $100,000.00.  Car Accident: 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.  
  • Personal Injury - Settled: $150,000.00.  Slip and Fall /Premises Liability: 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. 
  • Workers' Compensation - Settled: $304,070.00.  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.  
  • Workers' Compensation - Settled: $150,000.00.  63 year old maintenance worker sustained a rotator cuff tear necessitating surgery when he fell down a ravine in Lisle.
  • Workers' Compensation - Verdict: $125,000.00.  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.
  • Personal Injury - Settled: $90,000.00.  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. 
  • Personal Injury - Settled: $125,000.00. 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.
  • Personal Injury - Settled: $50,000.00 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 recieved 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.

Social Media Updates:

Fiat Chrysler announces a recall for millions of vehicles over a defect that could prevent drivers from deactivating cruise control. Among the vehicles being recalled are several Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep models. Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest summer driving weekends of the year, contact your local dealer to see if your make and model is included in this recall before the hitting the road. If you've been injured in a collision, call us before speaking to anyone else about the crash or your injuries. Our consultations are always free and we give real legal advice that will help preserve your case. Call: 630-995-9995 Email: JCrannell@Marker-Law.com Text: 630-995-9005.

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https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/motorcycle-safety May is designated Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclist fatalities occur 27 times more frequently than fatalities in other vehicles. To keep motorcyclists (and all others sharing the roadways) safe the NHTSA encourages drivers to be extra alert when motorcyclists are nearby. NHTSA’s tips include: 1. Passenger car drivers must allow greater following distance behind a motorcycle. 2. Drivers should never try to share a lane with a motorcycle. 3. Drivers must show extra caution in intersections. Most crashes occur when a driver fails to see a motorcyclist and turns left in front of a motorcycle. For more tips and information visit NHTSA’s link above. If you have been injured in a collision, Marker & Crannell has your back. Our experienced team of attorneys are here to help. Our consultations are always free and we give real legal advice that will help preserve your case. Give us a call at: 630-995-9995 Or send us a Text: 630-995-9005 OR 630-995-9525

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Summer Crash Season? If you were to guess what time of year has the most car accidents – you might think those harsh winter months here in Illinois would take the cake, but statistics show that it is actually the summer months when motor vehicle accidents begin to spike. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the month of May marks the beginning of dangerous driving season. What sparks this dangerous season? There are several factors to consider; with schools closing for summer break there are younger less experienced drivers frequenting the roadways in addition to the overall increase in vehicles on the road and roadway construction in warmer months. If you have been injured in any type of motor vehicle accident, your experienced Naperville personal injury team can help you navigate your legal rights and maximize your recovery. Give us a call at 630-995-9995 for a free consultation today.

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