Case Results

Workers' Compensation: $22,000 Recovery For Shoulder Injury

August 2016

Tim injured his right shoulder while working as a truck driver in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Tim has worked with the employer for a significant period.  He earns a solid wage.  One of Tim's primary concerns during our initial consultation was how to effectively address his claim while trying to maintain the relationship with his employer.  I discussed the workers' compensation system with Tim, explaining our strategy for his case and how we would address his concerns.  

Tim's injury unfortunately required surgery.  I fought with a rather difficult insurance adjuster to get my client the medical care required.  We subsequently forced the Defendants to provide Tim's statutory second medical opinion regarding his impairment rating.  Since Tim remained in his employment, he elected to accept payment of him impairment rating.  We discussed this option at length, and I explained his options in detail.  It is crucial your attorney understands how to properly address your case.  However, it is just as important your attorney communicates such information to you so you understand what is occurring.  

Tim recovered quite well from his injury.  We were able to protect his rights, obtain his benefits (medical and financial), and maintain an amicable relationship with his employer despite a very difficult adjuster.  Our client received his medical care and returned to work in a satisfactory manner, which if somewhat unusual.  Tim and I were quite pleased with the results of his claim.   

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