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Erin Gallivan represents people throughout Vermont including:

Rutland and Rutland County, including Benson,Brandon, Castleton, Chittenden, Clarendon, Danby, Fair Haven, Hubbardton, Ira, Killington, Mendon, Middletown Springs, Mount Holly, Mount Tabor,Pawlet, Pittsfield, Pittsford, Poultney,Proctor, Rutland, Shrewsbury, Sudbury, Tinmouth, Wallingford, Wells, West Haven, West Rutland.  

Middlebury and Addison County: Addison, Bridport, Bristol, Cornwall, Ferrisburgh, Goshen, Granville, Hancock, Leicester, Lincoln, Middlebury, Monkton, New Haven, Orwell, Panton, Ripton, Salisbury, Shoreham, Starksboro, Vergennes, Waltham,Weybridge Whiting

Bennington and Bennington County, including Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Landgrove, Manchester, Peru, Pownal, Readsboro, Rupert, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland, Winhall, Woodford

Windsor County - Andover, Baltimore, Barnard, Bethel, Bridgewater, Cavendish, Chester, Chester Depot, Hartford, White River Junction, Wilder, Hartland, Ludlow, Ludlow Village, Norwich, Plymouth, Pomfret, Reading, Rochester, Royalton, Sharon, Springfield, Stockbridge, Weathersfield, Perkinsville, West Windsor, Weston, Windsor, Woodstock and Woodstock Village
Chittenden County - Bolton, Burlington, Charlotte, Colchester, Essex, Essex Junction, Hinesburg, Huntington, Jericho, Milton, Richmond, Shelburne, South Burlington, St. George, Underhill, Westford, Williston and Winooski.

Windham County - Athens, Brattleboro, West Brattleboro, Brookline, Dover, Dummerston, Grafton, Guilford, Algiers, Halifax, Jamaica, Londonderry, Marlboro, Newfane, Newfane Village, Putney, Rockingham, Bellows Falls, Saxtons River, Somerset, Stratton, Townshend, Harmonyville, West Townshend, Vernon, Wardsboro, Westminster, North Westminster, Whitingham, Jacksonville, Wilmington, Windham and South Windham 

Orange County - Bradford, Braintree, Brookfield, Chelsea, Corinth, Fairlee, Newbury, Orange, Randolph, Strafford, Thetford, Topsham, Tunbridge, Vershire, Washington, West Fairlee and Williamstown
Washington County - Barre, Websterville, Berlin, Cabot, Cabot Village, Calais, Duxbury, East Montpelier, Fayston, Marshfield, Marshfield Village, Middlesex, Montpelier, Moretown, Northfield, Northfield Village, Plainfield, Roxbury, Waitsfield, Warren, Waterbury, Waterbury Village, Woodbury and Worcester

Caledonia County - Barnet, Burke, West Burke, Danville, Groton, Hardwick, East Hardwick, Mackville, Kirby, Lyndon, Lyndonville, Lyndon Center, East Lyndon, Newark, Peacham, Ryegate, Sheffield, St. Johnsbury, St. Johnsbury Center, Stannard, Sutton, Walden, Waterford and Wheelock
Informal Conference
The Informal Conference the first step of the appeal process in workers compensation claims.  It is governed by Rule 6 of the Workers Compensation Rules. Whenever there is a dispute between the injured worker (the Claimant) and the workers compensation insurance company, the first step for the Department of Labor in addressing that dispute is the Informal Conference.  The Informal Phone Conference is conducted by a person who works at the Vermont Department of Labor, called a "Specialist."   

​Some examples of disputes that are addressed in the Informal Conference: (a) denial of a claim; (b) termination or discontinuance of temporary weekly benefits; (c) failure to pay medical bills; and (d) disputes about permanent impairment ratings.

At the scheduled time, the Specialist will call the insurance adjuster (or the attorney representing the insurance company) and the Claimant on the phone (both parties usually participate by phone).  You will be expected to "make your case" during the conference, in other words, to explain why the insurance company should not be allowed to do what it is doing.  It is very important to send all documents, including all medical records, to the Department of Labor before the Informal Conference takes place.  The Specialist will ask questions of each party.  The phone conference usually takes about 15-30 minutes.  

After the conference is over the Specialist will issue a written decision, usually within 1-2 weeks.  The written decision will either "uphold" what the insurance company has done, or will issue an "Interim Order" overturning what the insurance company has done and directing the insurance company to take different action.  If neither party takes any further action after receiving the written decision, this decision will stand.  Or, either party can ask that the dispute be "placed on the Formal Hearing docket" if they are unhappy with the decision after the Informal Conference.  This means that a Formal Hearing will be scheduled where a more complete trial will take place, including presentation of evidence and testimony in front of an Administrative Law Judge.