Case Results

Workers' Compensation: $145,000 Recovery For Shoulder Injury

September 2008

Krissy sustained a shoulder injury while working as a delivery driver in York, South Carolina.  Another attorney referred Krissy to our firm as I also handle South Carolina workers' compensation and personal injury cases.  

We obtained the proper medical treatment for Krissy's shoulder injury, which went rather smoothly.  Unfortunately, she sustained an injury to her elbow during physical therapy for the shoulder injury.  The insurance company denied responsibility for this second injury, and I had to fight to protect Krissy's right to medical treatment and monetary compensation for such.  In doing so, I carefully gathered physical therapy notes in an attempt to document her injury.  I also secured an audio recording of a physical therapist admitting the injury, which served as a great negotiation tool and potential trial exhibit.  I further obtained expert medical opinions to bolster our client's position.  

The insurance company utilized a very experienced attorney to defend the claim.  I carefully prepared our client's case, and we presented a solid argument to the Defendants over the course of extended negotiations.  I ultimately recovered $145,000 of additional compensation for Krissy.  This resolution allowed Krissy the ability to re-assess her situation, and determine exactly how she wanted to proceed in the future.  I'm proud to say she is doing fantastic.  

Practice area(s): Workers Compensation

Court: South Carolina Industrial Commission (York, South 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