Case Results

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

May 2012

Billy sustained a back injury working as a mechanic in Charlotte, North Carolina.  I devised and executed a concise plan to force the insurance adjuster to pay for the medical treatment Billy needed for his back injury.  The primary issue in this case was simply that the insurance adjuster adamantly refused to assign proper value to Billy's claim.  So, I likewise prepared a strategy to force the adjuster to alter her analysis of the claim's value.

The insurance adjuster initially tried to pay Billy $35,000 to resolve his case.  I refused to allow the insurance company to take advantage of our client.  I advised Billy that the vocational rehabilitation process would be the key to his case.  I explained the North Carolina workers' compensation law regarding vocational rehabilitation in detail.  I prepared Billy.  He was ready when the Defendants started the process.   

The insurance adjuster tried to attack my client, but I had Billy prepared.  Her strategy backfired.  She paid our client approximately two and one-half additional years of weekly compensation (TTD), medical benefits, mileage reimbursement, etc.  I subsequently secured and additional $120,000 for Billy to compensation him further for his injury.  

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