Jennifer Kramer is a partner with Reinisch Wilson Weier PC and is located in the Seattle office where she is a member of the Washington workers’ compensation litigation team. During the past 15 years of her legal practice, Ms. Kramer has witnessed the implementation of statutory amendments by the legislature often brought about by changes in the medical field. She welcomes the challenges new legislation brings when developing legal strategies for her clients.
Jennifer A. Kramer
I decided to work as an attorney in the field of workers’ compensation law early in my legal career because I enjoyed the interplay between statutes, rules, case law and agency administrative practices. Workers’ compensation law has always been in a state of constant fluctuation. During the last fifteen years, I have witnessed the implementation of statutory amendments by the legislature, all in the context of an ever-changing medical field.
The interaction between the medical field and this particular area of the law presents unique challenges to those working within it. As workers’ compensation laws have changed, so too, has the practice of medicine. The changes to both have not always functioned well together in the context of claim administration. In an area of the law, which is driven by medical determinations, I rely on the principles embodied in workers’ compensation statutes, case law, and administrative rules and policies, in order to guide claims to a correct resolution under the law.
From a practical standpoint, I strive to provide each client with personal attention, in a prompt and speedy manner. I aggressively approach my work in a collaborative fashion, often utilizing a team-approach. Cost is always a consideration, so with that in mind, I employ creative strategies to solve difficult issues.
- Juris Doctor (cum laude), Seattle University, 1995
- Bachelor of Arts (cum laude), Western Washington University, 1990
- Washington Self-Insurers Association
- "How should you determine whether a worker has left the workforce and is no longer entitled to time loss benefits?," April 28, 2015
- "Is the Department of Labor and Industries providing your Washington company with the wage subsidy to which it is entitled?" February 18, 2015
- “When government agencies collide, who really decides?" November 25, 2014
- "Boeing & Doss v. DLI," May 13, 2014
- "Penalties and Bankrupt Employers," April 2, 2013
- "Industrial Injury or Occupational Disease?,"April 2, 2013
- "Intoxication/Impairment at Time of Incident," April 1, 2013
- "Reasonable Commuting Distance for Light Duty Job Offer," April 1, 2013
- "Payment of Medical Bills are “Benefits” as Contemplated by RCW Title 51," April 1, 2013
Recent speaking topics
- "Surveillance: How Might it Help Move a Claim Forward Rather than a Simple IME?" client continuing education seminar, September 17, 2018
- "An Exploration into the Fascinating World of Independent Medical Examinations and/or Alternatives," client continuing education seminar, March 19, 2018, and at the Washington Claims School presented by Reinisch Wilson Weier PC September 20, 2018
- “Opioid Use and Abuse in Workers’ Compensation,” client continuing education seminar, November 6, 2013
- Listening to EDM while running
- Spending time with family