Case Results

Personal Injury: $900,000 Recovery For Burn Injuries

November 2010

David worked as a laborer for a construction company in Albemarle, North Carolina.  He was injured in a terrible explosion.  David sustained burns to various areas of his body.  He suffered additional complications, such as hearing loss, thermal sensitivity, numbness in his extremities, etc.  Our client likewise suffered psychological trauma from this accident. 

A former client referred David to our firm.  I immediately went to meet with David and his family.  Upon doing so, I realized we had to be successful; there was no acceptable alternative. 

I promptly started to prepare a legal strategy to address numerous complexities in this case.  First, David underwent significant medical treatment.  We fought to ensure he received the proper medical care (surgeries, prescriptions, etc.) through the workers' compensation claim.  I retained the proper experts and investigated the accident site to prepare for litigation.  We eventually filed suit against the Defendants, seeking appropriate damages for David's injuries.  

The Defendants utilized two very experienced law firms to mount a formidable defense.  I worked with co-counsel and our experts to prepare a trial strategy that would maximize our client's recovery.  After an exhaustive mediation, we secured a $900,000 recovery for David.  

This result assisted our client in a variety of ways.  The resolution provided David's family necessary monetary support.  The resolution was an enormous emotional relief to our client.  For the first time in several years, David could relax.  

As we concluded this case, I thought about the wonderful people David and his lovely wife are.  I consider them friends.  I feel fortunate they chose me to help them.  The battles I fought throughout this case help me today as I assist other clients.  

Practice area(s): Personal Injury

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