Case Results

Workers' Compensation $144,949 Recovery For Knee Injury

April 2009

Carolyn sustained a knee injury while working as a truck driver.  The insurance company accepted responsibility for the initial injury.  Carolyn unfortunately sustained a second knee injury.  The insurance adjuster denied responsibility for the second injury, refusing to provide medical treatment or weekly monetary compensation (TTD benefits). 

Carolyn sought our help.  We took the case to trial (hearing) and won.  We got Carolyn the necessary medical care.  We also obtained additional compensation for Carolyn as I determined the insurance adjuster was underpaying her TTD benefits.  I finally won the argument for a 10% late fee for past-due weekly benefits.  

This was a significant victory for our client.  She was facing real financial hardship due to her injury.  Her coworker / husband began enduring substantial medical issues during our case.  It was very satisfying to provide Carolyn peace of mind with this substantial victory.  We ensured Carolyn got all the necessary medical care she needed.  At the appropriate time, I negotiated a very favorable settlement for our client (on top of all the benefits she previously received).    

Practice area(s): Workers Compensation

Court: North Carolina Industrial Commission (Albemarle, 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