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Family Awarded Death Benefits In Workers' Compensation Claim

Posted by Christopher Shumate | Dec 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

Nancy Hayes was employed with the New Hanover County Department of Social Services. In March of 2004, Ms. Hayes was attacked at work, sustaining multiple injuries. She committed suicide a short time following the attack.

The claim was litigated, as the Defendants contended that Ms. Hayes had a history of mental instability. However, the Industrial Commission awarded Ms. Hayes family indemnity and medical benefits, along with burial expenses pursuant to N.C. statute. The parties subsequently settled the claim during the appeal process.

This claim serves as a reminder that an injured worker is entitled to weekly benefits, along with medical treatment in a compensable claim. There are often complex issues to address in a case, which may be overcome with the skilled assistance of proper legal counsel. It is imperative that anyone injured at work immediately seeks the advice of an attorney.

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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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