Case Results

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

April 2008

Richard sustained a back injury while working as a machine operator at a manufacturing facility in Matthews, North Carolina.  

The medical treatment in workers' compensation claims can be quite complex and difficult to navigate, especially without a lawyer.  Richard encountered this issue as the insurance company never properly accepted responsibility for his claim with the Industrial Commission, denied payment for some of his medical treatment, generally delayed proper medical care.  Richard suffered physically.  As Richard eventually sought treatment directly, he received medical bills.  

Richard wisely sought our help.  I worked to address the various issues with his medical treatment.  I aggressively defended his right to proper medical treatment for the compensable accident.  I also worked to address other issues that arose, such as associated depression arising from his injuries.  We likewise addressed the medical bills piling up in Richard's mailbox.  

A common issue I discuss with clients is the access to future medical care.  Some clients who have health insurance lose it when they are terminated for any number of legitimate or illegitimate reasons.  While the termination may actually benefit a client's case, the loss of health insurance is obviously concerning.  I always carefully discuss this issue, as I did with Richard.   

We ultimately resolved Richard's case for an additional $150,000.  This resolution compensated Richard primarily for the ongoing wage loss pursuant to North Carolina law.  

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