2010 North Carolina Election Is Critical For Injured Claimants

Posted by Christopher Shumate | Dec 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

November 02, 2010 is a critical date for North Carolinians, though most of the general public does not realize the importance of their vote. The insurance industry is making a heavy push, including funding certain candidates, in an effort to bring "tort reform" to North Carolina.

The proponents of such "reform" measures essentially claim that lawsuits on behalf of injured parties raise insurance rates. However, such individuals tout skewed statistics and fail to inform the public of the complete result of such measures. In states where "tort reform" has passed, injured parties have been left without any recourse after sustaining devastating injuries. This scenario applies to both civil cases (such as auto accidents) and workers' compensation claims (work injuries). Simply put, after "tort reform", workers' compensation nearly ceased to exist in many states.  Once such measures are passed, if you have an injury at work, the insurance company will basically deny you any of your rights and refuse to pay your compensation.

The above-noted reality is why (a) it is critical that you vote on 11/02/10 and (b) you vote for individuals that will protect the your rights. You vote for your representatives; shouldn't they cast votes that protect your rights, rather than insurance companies? The North Carolina Advocates For Justice has provided a list of candidates for the Senate, House, Supreme Court, and Court of Appeals which it has endorsed. These individuals are endorsed on a variety of criteria, including their willingness to protect the rights of injured people (you and your loved ones). For a complete list of endorsed candidates, please visit the NCAJ website.

About the Author

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


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