Case Results

Workers' Compensation: $80,000 Recovery For Knee Injury

July 2012

Richard sustained a knee injury while working as a truck driver in Hickory, North Carolina.  Our first course of action was to get Richard the proper medical care to address his injured knee.  Once he recovered, I fought to prevent the Defendants from forcing Richard to return to an unsafe job where he was likely to re-injure his surgically repaired knee.  

The realities of life do not stop when you suffer an injury at work.  You still have bills, family responsibilities, and other normal life occurrences arise.  All of these things impact a workers' compensation claim.  These issues are not directly allowed for in the workers' compensation law.  However, I work closely with my clients to address the reality of your situation.  In Richard's case, we negotiated a favorable settlement while carefully considering an unrelated illness and a solid job offer. We ultimately recovered an additional $80,000 for Richard.  

Practice area(s): Workers Compensation

Court: North Carolina Industrial Commission (Hickory, NC)

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