N.C. Industrial Commission Orders Employers to Compensate Injured Employees

Posted by Christopher Shumate | Dec 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

On May 22, 2012, the North Carolina Industrial Commission held a meeting, where it ordered uninsured employers to pay their insured employees the compensation they are owed for compensable work injuries. A recent News & Observer article reported that thousands of employers fail to carry workers compensation insurance for their employees, meaning they often do not reimburse injured employees for medical bills and wages lost due to compensable work injuries. This problem was compounded when the Commission failed to take measures to force uninsured employers to reimburse employees. When Governor Bev Perdue called for a reform, the Commission began to take steps to hold uninsured employers accountable, providing employees with some relief.

The Commission's corrective measures included threatening jail time and civil fines for employers who failed to reimburse their injured employees. Although no jail time was issued recently, some employers settled their cases and paid their civil fines during the May 22nd meeting. Unfortunately, many cases remain unsettled.

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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


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