Case Results

Workers' Compensation: $95,000 Recovery For Back Injury

May 2012

Lisa sustained a non-surgical back injury working as a salesperson in Concord, North Carolina.  This case was complicated by two primary factors: (a) our client has a pre-existing back condition that complicated her medical treatment and the legal arguments regarding the compensability of such, and (b) while serious and very painful, the physicians could not address Lisa's injury surgically. 

Insurance companies fight this type of claim very aggressively.  Lisa's case was no exception.  Simply stated, adjusters hate paying proper compensation for significant injuries that do not require surgery.  However, we work quite hard to protect our clients.  I fought to ensure Lisa received the proper benefits under the North Carolina workers' compensation law to address her injury.  We subsequently recovered an additional $95,000 for our client.  

Practice area(s): Workers Compensation

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