Case Results

Workers' Compensation: $170,000 Recovery For Back Injury

October 2009

Sandra sustained a back injury while working at a fast food restaurant in Concord, North Carolina.  Sandra underwent two surgeries to address her injury.  

Some clients unfortunately sustain injuries that require a fair amount of time and medical treatment to address.  I work closely with our folks to guide them through this difficult process.  I expect clients to be worried, frustrated, scared, etc. when they contact my office.  I certainly would be.  My satisfaction comes from easing some of these emotions while we address the respective issues.  

In Sandra's case, the insurance adjuster offered $30,000 to resolve her claim approximately four months into my representation of our client.  Frankly, this would have been a nice, easy fee.  However, my client needed medical treatment (surgery) for her injury.  She did not have health insurance.  Furthermore, I noted we did not know how her medical care would progress (she subsequently needed a second surgery).  I counseled Sandra to decline the offer.  She received the appropriate medical care and weekly monetary benefits (TTD).  

Once Sandra reached a point where we could properly negotiate the claim, we revisited negotiations.  I then secured an additional 170,000 of compensation for my client.  This resolution provided for Sandra's ongoing wage loss and partial future medical treatment.    

Practice area(s): Workers Compensation

Court: North Carolina Industrial Commission (Concord, 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