Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro, P.C.
All We Do is Injury Law
You're probably here because you or a loved one was seriously injured in an on-the-job railroad accident. We are here to help. This is page was made to help you in your time of need, whether you were hurt while working at the rail yard or you developed a debilitating occupational disease frome exposure to asbestos and were diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Railroad Worker Injury Case Results
Railroad 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
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
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.
Our railroad accident law firm has collected and indexed over 1,000 depositions in railroad and similar injury cases, hundreds of specific research files, as well as numerous railroad manuals and videos relating specifically to railroad safety and injury issues. Our attorneys have handled railroad injury litigation in nearly every eastern state in the USA. We've also written two in-depth, special reports on FELA rights for railroad workers and the secrets employed by railroad claim agents.
Attorneys Possess Immense Experience in Railroad Worker Injury Law
Richard Shapiro, one of our firm FELA attorneys is an Executive Committee Member of the Railroad Trial Lawyers Association (since 2012) and 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.
Firm Employs a Team of Highly Experienced Investigators
We have a team of investigators who provide valuable assistance in our clients' railroad injury, derailment and crossing cases. They bring years of rail experience to the table. All of our investigators were previously employed in the railroad industry, and as a result, they know how to find crucial information and key witnesses in a railroad cases. Our legal investigators worked for decades as conductors and engineers in NS and CSXT so they are able to relate with our railroad clients and understand the specialized workings of the rail industry.
We are committed to railroad workers and this includes a charitable commitment: we donate a percentage of every railroad worker injury case settlement to a worthy charity called the Fallen Brother Fund-which provides monetary assistance to the family of any railroader killed on the job
Click on the icon to donate or go to www.yardlimits.com.
Our firm has also been proud to help families harmed by railroad companies' neglect and wrongdoing at grade crossings in Virginia, and beyond. If your loved one, father, mother,son, daughter, husband,or wife has been killed in a car or truck hit by a train, you should talk to us to hold the railroad responsible for bad corporate decisions to skimp on safety for motorists crossing the tracks.
Often, our investigation shows that the business which owns the rail right of way fails to clear the brush or sight obstructions to avoid collisions and the serious damage they cause. Many times the signs are not kept up, the train whistles are not used as required or the surface of the road poses a danger. Tragically, when pedestrians die on the tracks it is frequently a child who does not fully realize the risks of a train trestle or rail yard and the company has done nothing to try and prevent a disaster while knowing kids and others often walk the tracks.
Rail crossings are a huge safety problem in the city and out in the country, on private drives and public crossings, when used hourly by big freight carriers and traversed only daily by short line railways.
Our clients who work for the railroad and got hurt on the job have been injured in, or lived in, nearly every railroad community in Virginia. Our railroad attorneys specialize in lawsuits against Amtrak, Norfolk Southern (NS), and CSXT.
Awarded: $200,000 Settlement
Awarded: Case settled after extensive negotiation with Amtrak about what the claim was worth for approximately $150,000.00.