Republican Legislators Push Forward To Strip Legal Rights Of Those Injured By Negligent Doctors

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

On July 13, 2011, N.C. Legislators voted to override Governor Perdue's veto of Senate Bill 33 / House Bill 542. The legislation proposed by Republican leaders at the request of medical providers and insurance carriers essentially guts the legal rights of injured victims, largely relieving physicians of responsibility for their negligence in most instances.

Many of the legislations sponsoring and supporting this legislation have refused to acknowledge the dangerous repercussions of the proposed law and the need for the bill. Simply stated, many of the representatives in Raleigh are more concerned with the opinions of those filing their election coffers than the legal rights of their constituents. To that end, the NCAJ has continued to educate the public regarding the actual statistics for medical malpractice actions in North Carolina. For instance: In the last decade, med mal cases account for less than 25% of the litigation in N.C.; In the last three years, the number of med mal lawsuits has dropped approximately 20% compared to the prior 10 years.

A vote on Senate Bill 33 is expected in the near future. I highly encourage you to contact your representative and voice any concerns you have regarding this legislation. I also encourage you to carefully exercise your right to vote in an educated manner in the next election., N.C. Senate overrides all 6 vetoes, 07/14/11

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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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