Proponents of Work Comp Bill Continue To Lie To Constituents

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

The N.C. Legislature's House Select Committee on Tort Reform will meet Thursday, May 5, 2011 to further discuss House Bill 709 (Protect and Put NC Back to Work). As I have previously noted, there are various extremely dangerous provisions to this proposed law. The irresponsible sponsors of HB 709 / SB 544 seem to have no regard for their constituents based upon their actions.

Further, proponents of the bill are misleading the public regarding the specifics of the legislations. Representative Folwell has repeatedly stated the proposal will not apply to pending claims. Such is evidenced by the misunderstanding of a Fox reporter in a recent story. However, despite Rep. Folwell's lying, HB 709's language indicates that it would apply to all claims.

Truthfully, the application of this proposed bill to any injured worker is a terrible idea. Simply stated, it is a bailout of the insurance industry and employers responsible for the injuries of workers. Who is going to foot the bill? Yes, you guessed it - YOU - the public.

If you have sustained a work injury, or you have questions regarding this proposed legislation, you should immediately contact a Charlotte workers' compensation lawyer. I would be happy to discuss your case or this bill with you to provide some insight regarding your situation.

Whether you are an injured worker or just a concerned citizen, it is important that you contact your local representatives and Governor Perdue to voice your opposition to this bill promptly. The legislators are currently reviewing the bill. It will be voted upon in short order. Don't miss your opportunity to voice your concerns.

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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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