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BP Gulf Disaster: Personal Injury Claims Abound, but Who Expected Advertising Opportunities?

Posted by Christopher Shumate | Dec 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

Clearly, the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill in the Mississippi Gulf Coast has captured the attention of the general public since it occurred April 20, 2010.  While an unknown amount of tort claims exist, a recent report noted that the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) created to administer the claims has already opened over 39,000 claims, from which it has dispersed over $38.5 million.  BP has independently processed another 150,000 claims, dispersing over $395 million.

The recent disaster in the Mississippi Gulf Coast serves as a reminder that catastrophic results can instantly occur from the negligence of others.  April 20, 2010 began as a normal day.  However, 11 workers died in the explosion, and an additional 17 workers were injured in the accident.  While the explosion was an unusual occurrence, such circumstances would certainly qualify as a workers' compensation claim in North Carolina. Furthermore, the economic life of thousands of individuals has been severely threatened due to the impact of the oil spill.

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Christopher Shumate

Mr. Chris Shumate is a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, and worked various jobs while pursuing his undergraduate and Juris Doctor education, including several heavy manual labor and skilled trade positions. In his practice, Mr. Shumate often encounters circumstances where these prior experiences are helpful in representing you. Upon graduating law school from the University of South Carolina, Mr. Shumate joined one of the Carolinas' larger defense firms, where he represented a diverse set of employers and insurance companies in civil cases and workers' compensation claims across the Carolinas. Chris utilized this experience to obtain a working knowledge of the insurance industry, and build personal contacts used today in representing you. Mr. Shumate ultimately decided he wanted to focus his law practice on assisting those who have been injured, and doing so with the focus on a personal relationship that is uncommon in the bigger firms. Mr. Shumate's also has a passion for assisting those facing the challenges of the criminal legal system. By representing individuals in a variety of criminal and traffic matters, Mr. Shumate works to achieve the best possible result for each client regardless of the charges levied by the prosecution. Chris has tirelessly pursued his mission of helping people from all walks of life throughout the Carolinas with a variety of legal matters. If you are interested in learning more about Chris Shumate and The Shumate Law Offices, please contact us at 704.371.5059. We look forward to assisting you to achieve a positive result in your legal concern. Education J.D., University of South Carolina B.S., University of South Carolina Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice N.C. State BarS.C. State BarU.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina Professional & Bar Association Memberships N.C. Bar Association S.C. Bar Association Mecklenburg County Bar N.C. Academy Of Trial Lawyers American Association For Justice

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