Whether it was a railroad accident or disease, a derailment, or a railroad crossing accident, one of these events may be the reason you are searching on our railroad accident info page. If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a railroad accident in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, or another location in Virginia or beyond, we are here to help. This page was created to help those suffering after a railroad accident, whether you were hurt while working at the rail yard or you developed an occupational disease such as a railroad asbestos mesothelioma cancer. Our team of railroad accident injury attorneys have handled railroad cases all over the eastern USA since the 1980’s and one of our firm lawyers wrote a leading treatise on railroad health and safety now located in most law libraries.
Our Virginia railroad accident injury lawyers offer two downloadable legal guides focused on railroad worker injury law. We can send one, or both, of these guides in PDF format to your e-mail inbox.
The first guide focuses on the common tricks and tactics used by railroad claims adjusters to try and reduce or deny an injured rail worker's claim.
The second guide focuses on the unique legal rights available to injured rail workers, including the rights available under the Federal Employers Liability Act.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How does the Federal Employers' Liability Act (i.e. FELA) work?
- How is the FELA different from workers' compensation?
- What types of damages can be recovered under the FELA?
- Does cigarette smoking cause railroad asbestos mesothelioma cancer?
- Additional railroad worker injury FAQs
Sample of Our Virginia Beach Personal Injury Law Firm's Railroad Accident Case Results
- $8.6 Million Jury Verdict for Railroad Worker Wrongful Death Case
- $1.5 Million for Railroad Bridge Worker Left With Limp After Leg Was Crushed
- Shoulder Injury requiring surgery for Locomotive Engineer results in $978,000 jury verdict
- Locomotive Engineer with Shoulder and Knee Injuries Receives $950,000 Settlement
- $900,000 Settlement for Railroad Conductor Suffers Back Injury Due to Fall in Ballast Depression
Railroad Accident Lawyers Based in Virginia Beach and Proud to Serve the Hampton Roads Region
All of the attorneys at Shapiro, Appleton & Duffan are licensed to practice law in Virginia. The firm's central office is based in Virginia Beach. We also have satellite offices in the following Tidewater cities:
Railroad Worker Injury/FELA Information
Our law firm also publishes information on a site dedicated exclusively to railroad accident and FELA law. If you're curious to know what types of cases we've handled, our lawyers are seasoned in these, and many other facets of railroad injury law:
- Railroad worker injuries
- Railroad crossing crashes
- Occupational disorders
- Diseases such as lung, hearing or repetitive stress injuries
- Asbestos and mesothelioma
- Train/railroad derailments and wrecks
- Amtrak passenger train injuries
- Railroad toxic chemical spills
- Wrongful death
It has been our privilege to represent trainmen, brakeman/conductors, engineers, carmen, signalmen, machinists, maintenance-of-way-workers, victims of railroad derailments and crossing collisions, as well as their families and friends on railroad cases or even injury cases unrelated to the rail industry. As a result, our firm is well known to thousands of railroad workers and fellow injury attorneys throughout the eastern region of the United States as a highly qualified law firm in the area of railroad injury law.
Attorneys Possess Immense Experience in Railroad Worker Injury Law
Richard Shapiro, one of our firm FELA attorneys is the co-author of “Railroad Health & Safety- A Litigator’s Guide,” one of leading treatises on railroad injury law, found in the nation’s law libraries (72 Am. Jur. Trials 1). Furthermore, Rick has been named to the "Best Lawyers In America" publication (Railroad Law; since 2010). Also, Rick served as an officer and Chair of the American Association for Justice Railroad Section, a group of some of the nation’s best FELA and railroad crossing accident attorneys.
Fellow firm attorney, Randy Appleton, has over 25 years of railroad injury litigation experience, including trials in numerous states. Randy is recognized as a Virginia "Super Lawyer" in Law & Politics Magazine (since '11) and is listed as a "Best Lawyer" for personal injury law (since '10).
Firm Supports the Railroad Community
We are committed to railroad workers and this includes previous charitable contributions to the Yardlimits Fallen Brother Fund.
Our firm has also been proud to help families harmed by railroad companies' neglect and wrongdoing at grade crossings in Virginia, and beyond. If you or a loved one was hurt or killed in a car or truck hit by a train, contact our firm. We will fight to hold the railroad responsible for bad corporate decisions to skimp on safety for motorists crossing the rail tracks.