Case Results

Workers' Compensation: $90,000 Recovery For Knee Injury

September 2010

Mark sustained a knee injury while working as a heavy equipment operator in Matthews, North Carolina. During the initial stage of Mark's case, we focused our efforts on obtaining the necessary surgical treatment to address Mark's injury. Our strategic efforts ensured Mark received the proper medical care and weekly benefits (temporary total disability checks) he deserved while recovering. 

A key argument in this case centered upon Mark's ability to return to work.  I educated Mark regarding the law on this issue to allow us to combat the insurance company's attempts to deny his compensation.  We addressed the vocational rehabilitation process appropriately.  While this process can be frustrating to some individuals, it often adds significant value to workers' compensation claims.  To be fair, Mark struggled with this process.  However, I worked with him to guide him to the best possible result.  We ultimately secured a $90,000 settlement for Mark.  

Court: North Carolina Industrial Commission (Matthews, 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