If you have a Vermont workers’ compensation claim, you know that there are a lot of people involved and it often feels like you are “the little guy”, fighting your battles alone. This guide describes each person’s role and shows clearly who you can look to for help and who does not have your best interests at heart.
“On a pain scale of 0-10, how bad is your pain?” This is a familiar question that is usually asked whenever you see a medical provider for an injury or illness. It’s important to answer accurately because it can affect how medical providers treat you and your credibility in your workers’ compensation or disability claim.
Rating pain on a 0-10 pain scale can be difficult because pain is a subjective experience: one person’s 7 can be another person’s 2. Pain can also change over time or when you engage in a different activity.
Our attorneys describe what to do if an insurance adjuster calls and asks you to settle your Vermont workers’ compensation claim. You can find more videos answering your legal questions at our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/c/bfslaw.
Attorney Heidi Groff is excited to spend today at Gillette Stadium–although it’s for work not a sports event. She is attending the New England Workers’ Compensation Conference in Massachusetts, which brings together workers’ compensation professionals from around the region for learning and discussion.
Heidi is representing Vermont on a panel discussion about medical marijuana and alternative treatments at the New England Workers’ Compensation Conference.
We are proud to announce that Best Lawyers 2017 has recognized Pat Biggam and Heidi Groff for their work with workers’ compensation claimants. Best Lawyers is a national publication that lists high-ranking lawyers and law firms. Our attorneys were selected by other lawyers in Vermont through a peer-review process. Congratulations to Pat and Heidi on being recognized for the superb job they do every day helping our clients with their workers’ compensation claims.
Read on for feedback from our clients about working with Pat and Heidi.
This is National Nurses Week and today is International Nurses Day. It’s celebrated each year on May 12 in honor of Florence Nightingale’s birthday. This year, American nurses are advocating for safe staffing. Lower staffing ratios result in better quality care for patients and safer working environments for nurses.
How You Can Support Vermont Nurses Today
- Say thank you: Thank your nurse today for her dedication and hard work.
- Educate your friends and family: Go to #safestaffingsaveslives on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to learn about safe staffing and two federal bills (HR 2083 and S.1132) that would mandate safe staffing ratios for nursing care.
- Safe Staffing rally: On May 12, nurses will gather in Washington, DC for a grassroots event to raise awareness around safe staffing.
- Ask a nurse to share his/her story: Nurses see firsthand how staffing affects the health and safety of patients and themselves. If you see a nurse today, ask him how many patients he has and what he thinks a safe staffing ratio would be.
Kids’ Chance of Vermont provides need-based college scholarships to children of injured workers. They’re taking applications right now and are actively looking for people they can help.
Applications Due Next Month
Applications are due by April 29, 2016. If you’re interested, e-mail BFS paralegal Chris O’Neill at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application form.
Common sense will tell you that the family of a worker who suffers a serious injury or fatality at work usually doesn’t have extra money for big expenses like college. Kids’ Chance of Vermont helps by awarding scholarships to those children of injured workers who have graduated from high school and are interested in pursuing higher education.
Massive, anonymous thefts of medical records and other personal data make news but don’t often result in much actual damage. More harm, and heartache, is caused when employees access the health records of someone they know – and then share what they learn with others.
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