Case Results

Workers' Compensation: $120,000 Recovery For Back Injury

January 2012

Nate sustained a back injury while working as a truck driver in Charlotte, North Carolina.  I promptly discovered Nate was not receiving proper weekly benefits (TTD) from the insurance company.  Unfortunately, insurance adjusters often fail to pay injured workers properly when they are not represented.  I forced the Defendants to pay past-due benefits, along with the appropriate rate for accruing weeks.  

Our client had a challenging medical scenario.  His accident required a fair amount of medical treatment, and it left him with ongoing disability that prevented his return to work.  While the treating physicians recommended additional treatment (including surgery), Nate was unsure about undergoing such procedures.  Nate and I discussed the medical issues in detail.  We analyzed the pros / cons of each approach.  I explained how the North Carolina workers' compensation law applied to his specific case.  I guided Nate as he made an educated decision regarding his medical treatment.  

At the appropriate point in Nate's case, we recovered an additional $120,000 recovery to compensate him for his back injury.  Nate's case is an example of the approach I proudly take with clients.  I work to guide clients through the legal process.  I can openly, honestly say I have never pressured a client to have any medical procedure.  I encourage clients to make the correct decision for their situation.  

Practice area(s): Workers Compensation

Court: North Carolina Industrial Commission (Charlotte, North Carolina)

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