I specialize in helping people who have been harmed or injured. I hope you never need my services; but if you are ever harmed because of the carelessness of another, I will work hard to represent your interests, and I am confident that I can protect your rights.
I am often asked, "when do I need to meet with an attorney if I am injured?" The answer is simple: Immediately. The insurance companies have teams of people whose job it is to investigate ways to minimize or eliminate your claim. There is absolutely no risk in meeting with me to discuss your case. If I don’t believe you have a strong case, I will tell you and won’t take it on. If I do believe there is a strong case, I will represent you on a contingency basis – which means you don’t pay anything unless we win.
My practice predominately consists of representing people who have been harmed because of the negligence of another. I am routinely involved in car crash and semi-truck accident cases. However, another area of law that is especially important to me is defective products. Each year, millions of Americans are hurt or killed by defective products. I am passionate about representing people and families who have been injured by unsafe products. While my primary goal is to make sure my client is fairly compensated for their loss, I also have a keen eye on making products safer.
Closely related to defective products are harmful drugs (prescription and over-the-counter) that can shatter the lives of people and families. I have recently had the honor of representing people harmed by the Fleet Phospho-Soda, Visicol and OsmoPrep, drugs which are used to prepare for a colonoscopy, but cause renal failure. After much litigation and an FDA announcement, the C.B. Fleet Company recalled its product. I am proud to be part of a legal process that removed a harmful product and helps protect the safety of our community.
Representing children who have been seriously injured as a result of the negligence of a health care provider is especially important to me as an attorney but more importantly as a father. These injuries sometimes occur during child birth. Unfortunately, all too often I am called upon to represent the estate of someone in a wrongful death matter.
I also represent people who have been harmed by their own insurance company. People who purchase insurance are also purchasing the right to be treated fairly when they present a claim for payment. When an insurance company wrongfully denies a claim for payment, a cause of action for bad faith insurance practices may exist. I have handled numerous such claims on behalf of people who have been treated unfairly by the insurance industry. I have also authored several publications on this area of law, including:Insurance Bad Faith, a Compendium of State Law (Indiana portion) Insurance Bad Faith Discovery in Insurance Bad Faith Cases.
Using the latest in technology to manage and present cases is a key benefit that has proven advantageous to my clients. For example, my clients receive the benefit of regular CaseMap reports concerning their case. CaseMap allows me and the client to quickly and easily sort through and evaluate large amounts of case-related information and make effective use of it. When appropriate, TimeMap professional timelines are used. I also have a network of medical artists and illustrators that are used to visually explain complicated medical concepts. I believe these resources, combined with my knowledge, expertise and passion for helping people who have been harmed or injured are what set me apart as a personal injury attorney.
I was born in East Chicago, Indiana and graduated from Lake Central High School. Presently, I live in St. John, Indiana with my wife, two children and our Goldendoodles, Hershey and Mac. And, we are avid soccer fans.
Jack Kramer is a founding partner at Westland Kramer & Bennett.