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N.C. Industrial Commission and Lawmakers Address Problems in State's Workers' Compensation Law

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

On April 2, 2012, the N.C. Industrial Commission announced it would review the policies and procedures currently in place for injured workers to receive workers' compensation. Currently, North Carolina does not investigate whether employers buy workers' compensation insurance. Rather, the state only takes action once an employee is injured. The state also rarely enforces fines for non-compliant employers or arrests uninsured employers even though state law gives the Commission the power to do both.

This lack of enforcement poses a significant problem because recent investigations have revealed that thousands of employers in North Carolina do not buy workers' compensation insurance. Studies have indicated there are at least 170,000 businesses headquartered in North Carolina, but only 140,000 of those businesses are covered by workers' compensation insurance carriers. In other words, there is a large amount of employees left without workers' compensation coverage.

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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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