Case Results

Personal Injury: $50,000 Recovery For Pedestrian

December 2012

Lewis sustained orthopedic injuries when struck by an automobile in Asheboro, North Carolina.  This case presented several primary issues.  First, evidence existed that our client may have been intoxicated at the time of the accident.  Our client had several prior alcohol-related convictions.  Second, our client had an extensive prior medical history.  Given the severity of his injuries, this prior medical history presented a real potential issue regarding medical causation for certain components of the case.  Third, North Carolina is one of the few remaining state to enforce the law of contributory negligence.  Given the prior-noted evidence, we faced a real issue establishing liability.  Finally, we confirmed a lack of available insurance to cover the damages.  

I worked extensively on this case to minimize the above-noted issues.  We were ultimately able to recover $50,000 for our client.  Given the various issues Lewis' case presented, we were quite pleased with the outcome.  

Practice area(s): Personal Injury

Court: Asheboro, 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