Case Results

Workers' Compensation: $150,000 Recovery For Shoulder Injury

January 2014

Debra sustained a shoulder injury at work in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Under the North Carolina workers' compensation law, the insurance company had a very strong argument that no compensation was owed to Debra.  At our initial meeting, we had a detailed discussion regarding the facts of Debra's accident.  I carefully explained how the North Carolina workers' compensation law applied to her case.  I explained precisely how we were going to proceed to protect Debra's medical treatment and monetary recovery. 

My strategy worked. Debra underwent two surgeries to repair a rotator cuff tear. She received the proper workers' compensation benefits pursuant to North Carolina law during her recovery.  

Many injured workers develop depression following a significant injury.  Debra suffered these symptoms.  I worked to secure the proper opinions from her treating physicians to argue for compensation regarding this condition as well.  

Some injured workers develop secondary conditions that are causally related to their initial injuries.  For example, Debra began to experience pain in her left arm as a result of compensating for the inability to use her injured right arm for a long period of time.  I also secured the appropriate medical opinions necessary to make this argument, which increased the value of our client's claim.  

We ultimately recovered an additional $150,000 for Debra.  Debra is a sweet lady; she was a pleasure to assist.  I worried about this case a lot.  I was relieved to see Debra get the medical treatment she deserved, along with the additional monetary compensation we strategically secured.  

Practice area(s): Workers Compensation

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