“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.
It’s biking weather again and more kids are biking on our streets and around our neighborhoods. Using bicycle lights is an important way to help keep kids safe! On May 12 and 13, lawyers from the Vermont Association for Justice will be giving away bicycle headlights and tail lights to hundreds of Vermont kids.
The Vermont Association for Justice is a non-profit association of Vermont trial lawyers, dedicated to promoting public safety and protecting the legal rights of Vermonters. Members of the Association will be giving away and installing bicycle lights at the following local youth centers in Addison, Chittenden, Washington, and Windham Counties.
Attorney Ron Fox helped in the planning of this event and BFS is proud to support the Vermont Association for Justice.
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.
Vermont is launching a tax-free savings program for Vermonters with disabilities that will allow them to save for future needs without being affected by federal benefits cliffs. A panel will discuss the new VermontABLE program during Disability Awareness Day at the State House on March 2.
Photo: Ashlyn Evans (second from left) receives a check for her college tuition from attorney Heidi Groff, vice president of Kids’ Chance of Vermont; Ron Fox, attorney at Biggam, Fox & Skinner who represented Ashlyn’s mother in her workers’ compensation claim; and attorney Keith Kasper, president of Kids’ Chance of Vermont.
Do you need help paying your child’s college tuition? 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 families who need help to send a child to college.
Three Vermont legislators from Washington County visited Barre’s pilot Drug Treatment Court this February as part of an event organized by Judge Mary Miles Teachout and Teri Corsones of the Vermont Bar Association to familiarize lawmakers with the judicial system in Vermont.
Vermont Foodbank CEO, John Sayles, stopped by the BFS holiday party to pick up our annual holiday donation. Thanks to the Foodbank for their untiring efforts to help those less fortunate in our community.
Attorneys and staff, left to right: Judy Richardson, Kelly Massicotte, Heidi Groff, Chris O’Neill, Danielle Hollstein, Ron Fox, Charilyn Williams, Scott Skinner, Pat Biggam, and John Sayles (Foodbank).
Do you know of a student who faces obstacles to a college education because of a parent’s work injury? Kids’ Chance provides ways for you to help them! One easy way is to fill out a Planning for College Card for the student and return it to Biggam, Fox & Skinner at 453 Stone Cutters Way, Montpelier, VT 05602. At the right time, we will contact you to start the scholarship application process so that the student may be considered for a scholarship.
During Kids’ Chance Awareness Week, we’re asking you to help spread the word about Kids’ Chance of Vermont to deserving students and their parents. To do this, you can like our Facebook page, share this article on social media, or forward this newsletter to someone who might benefit. Biggam, Fox & Skinner is actively involved in Kids’ Chance: BFS partner Heidi Groff serves as vice president of the organization, and the partners as well as the firm contribute financially. Some of our clients have been exceptionally generous and made significant contributions. Also, the child of an injured worker we represent has been the recipient of a scholarship from Kids’ Chance.
Faces of Kids’ Chance
Learn about other youth who have been helped by Kids’ Chance chapters around the US here.
Photo: Governor Shumlin signs the Kids’ Chance Awareness Week proclamation with Heidi Groff (vice president of Kids’ Chance of Vermont), Keith Kasper (KCOV president), and Phyllis Phillips (KCOV board member).
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has proclaimed November 14 – 18 as Kids’ Chance Awareness Week in order to increase the visibility of Kids’ Chance of Vermont and to inform Vermonters about Kids’ Chance college scholarship opportunities.
A link to the proclamation can be found on the governor’s web site.
With a mission to provide scholarships to children of workers who have been injured or killed at work in Vermont, Kids’ Chance of Vermont has awarded two annual scholarships since its formation in 2014:
2016: $9,125 to Ashlyn Evans of Groton to attend Michael’s School of Hair Design, a Paul Mitchell Partner School in Bedford, NH, starting in September 2016. Ashlyn plans to open her own beauty salon. Her mother was injured while working as an LNA and was not able to go back to her job.
2015: $10,000 to Lyndsey Cox of Rutland, to attend the Sage College in Albany, New York, and obtain a degree in physical therapy. Lyndsey aims to use her degree to work with children. Her father suffered a work-related injury that ultimately resulted in the loss of his leg.
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.