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N.C. Legislature Proposes Law To Strip Injured Workers Of Rights

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

On February 06, 2011, several members of the North Carolina legislature introduced House Bill 709 (HB 709). The primary sponsors of the bill include: Dale Folwell (Forsyth County), Nelson Dollar (Wake County), Mike Hager (Cleveland / Rutherford Counties), Jim Crawford (Granville / Vance Counties). Co-sponsors include: John Faircloth (Guilford County) and Michael Wray (Northampton / Vane / Warren Counties).

According to the General Assembly, the occupations of these gentlemen include: consultant, private investor, media / public relations consultant, business owner, developer, and real estate broker / owner. A cursory reading of the bill will lead you to understand that these gentlemen have pandered to the special interest of the chamber of commerce, the insurance industry, etc. They have also forsaken the interests of their constituents for the benefit of their personal business endeavors and campaigns.

In the weeks ahead, I will be actively commenting on this assault on your rights. I will follow the status of the proposal and let you know where it is headed. However, it is up to you to take a stand against this proposal by voicing your opposition. Three groups need to be contacted: (1) the Governor, so she is aware of your opposition to the bill in the event it passes; (2) your personal representatives, which are ; (3) the sponsors of this bill should be advised of your opinion of their actions. I have listed the sponsors' information below.

Dale Folwell
NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 301F
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
919-733-5787
Dale.Folwell@ncleg.net
299 S. Westview Dr.
Winston-Salem, NC 27104
336-748-0046

Nelson Dollar
NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 307B1
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
919-715-0795
Nelson.Dollar@ncleg.net
P. O. Box 1369
Cary, NC 27512
919-233-8399

Mike Hager
NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 306C
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
919-733-5749
Mike.Hager@ncleg.net
342 Walking Horse Trail
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
828-748-2378

Jim Crawford
NC House of Representatives
16 W. Jones Street, Room 1321
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096
919-733-5824
Jim.Crawford@ncleg.net
509 College St.
Oxford, NC 27565
252-492-0185

John Faircloth
NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 306A3
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
919-733-5877
John.Faircloth@ncleg.net
2332 Faircloth Way
High Point, NC 27265
336-841-4137

Michael Wray
NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 502
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
919-733-5662
Michael.Wray@ncleg.net
P. O. Box 904
Gaston, NC 27832
252-535-3297

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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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