All We Do is Injury LawSM

Winning for Clients Since 1985

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What makes us different

We're not your typical law firm


Do not delay in contacting an attorney out of fear that you cannot afford to hire a lawyer. Our law firm works on a contingency fee. This means we only get paid when you get paid, and we don't charge any hourly fees.


We always offer a free and confidential case review. You won’t ever be charged for an initial consultation. At the consultation, you will get a chance to discuss the case confidentially with a firm attorney.


The legal team at Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn will keep you updated as your case progresses and is always available to answer your questions in a timely, professional manner. Customer service is one of our highest priorities.


We hold ourselves to high ethical standards and pride ourselves on being a law firm you can trust.


Both our peers and our previous clients can attest to our sterling reputation and record of success, earned over 30 plus years. Our attorneys have been bestowed with an array of professional accolades, including being recognized as “Super Lawyers” (only 5 percent of all practicing attorneys receive this accolade) and as a Best Law Firm for personal injury law by U.S. News & World Report.


Our firm utilizes state-of-the art technology to ensure that you have every advantage for your case.


All of the attorneys at our firm possess multi-state licensure. This means our lawyers are ready and able to handle complex personal injury cases in a variety of jurisdictions, including Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Washington, D.C. We also handle select types of cases nationwide, teaming with local counsel.

Meet Our Team

Each of our personal injury lawyers has a strong background in injury and wrongful death law. In fact, it is the only area of law we practice. Our team is ready and able to handle personal injury cases in Virginia, North Carolina, and in specific areas of injury law, we accept cases nationwide.

Car Injuries
Medical Malpractice
Electric Shock/Electrocution
Defective Drugs &Faulty Products
Bike Injuries & Crosswalk Injuries
Nursing Home Injuries
Boat/Watercraft Injuries

Peer Reviewed, Track Record of Achievement

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Virginia Beach & Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers Help Victims of Car Accidents, Commercial Truck Accidents, and All Other Serious Injuries


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If you or a loved one was seriously injured in an accident in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Hampton, Newport News, or elsewhere in Virginia, the personal injury attorneys with Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn are here to help. We understand the stress and anxiety that is routinely associated with a significant injury caused by an unexpected accident. Your bills may be piling up due to medical expenses from treatment after the accident, in addition to your regular monthly bills like student loans, car payment, household expenses, etc.

Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn stands ready to help you during this difficult, stressful period in your life. 

Our team of car accident lawyers in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Chesapeake, Va are ready to go to work for you so we can hold the negligent individual or company accountable for your harms and losses. Our law firm focuses exclusively on representing clients who were seriously hurt in preventable accidents. We take pride in pursuing the financial restitution you are rightfully owed.

No Matter Where You Reside in Virginia or North Carolina, We are There for You

We have offices in Virginia Beach, VA and Kitty Hawk, NC, along with client conference space in Norfolk, Portsmouth, Hampton, and Suffolk, VA. Since 1985, our personal injury attorneys have worked tirelessly for victims to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in damages from insurance companies, negligent drivers, railroad companies, and product manufacturers.

Contact our office today by phone, quick contact form on this page, or via Live Chat. When you contact our firm, an attorney will respond in a matter of hours and discuss what happened to determine whether it makes sense to move forward.

Putting the Personal in Personal Injury Representation

Our law firm takes pride in offering top-notch, ethical, and client-first representation. 
  • Your Satisfaction is What Matters Most — Our primary objective is to achieve an outcome you are happy with in your coase. advocate on your behalf. As the client, you retain the ultimate authority on whether to accept a settlement offer or to go to court. We will be there to offer guidance and counsel every step of the way.
  • Responsive to Your Needs — We make sure that you are kept informed of the process on your injury claim and the court process, if a lawsuit is filed. Whenever you need assistance, you can contact our legal team for help.
  • Free Legal Information — Our attorneys want you to be well informed about your case and the prevailing law. That is why we provide free downloadable PDF guides and reports to help explain the legal process and advise you of what you need to know about the personal injury claims process.
  • Answers to Important Questions - Our team of car accident lawyers in Norfolk can help answer important questions such as:
    • Who will pay for my medical expenses stemming from the auto accident, motorcycle wreck, truck crash, etc.?
    • How much is my personal injury case worth?
    • How much time do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit in Virginia or North Carolina?
    • What can I do if I was the victim of a hit-and-run accident in Virginia Beach, VA or Kitty Hawk, NC?

Nationally-Respected and Recognized Injury Attorneys in Virginia & North Carolina

  • Professional Accolades and National Recognition - We are listed as a “Best Law Firm” for injury litigation in U.S. News & World Report (since 2010). Attorneys with our truck accident injury firm are recognized as "Super Lawyers" in Virginia (an honor less than 5 percent of practicing attorneys achieve) and hold the "AV Preeminent" rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Our firm also has an A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau.
  • Maximum results - We obtained (w/ co-counsel) a record-setting $60 million jury verdict for a client who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a train derailment in Fairfax, Virginia. We also obtained an $8.6 million jury verdict for the estate of a railroad worker who lost his life after being exposed to asbestos, diesel exhaust, and radiation during his railroad career with CSX. In addition, we secured a $5.5 million settlement for a child who suffered a brain injury in a collision with a commercial tractor-trailer. This is just a sample of our jury verdicts and settlements. We have obtained hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients over the years.

Injury Law Firm in Virginia Beach & Norfolk that Handles All Types of Personal Injury Cases

At Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn, all we do is injury law, which means we handle a wide range of personal injury matters in courts across Virginia. For example, our attorneys are well versed in handling the following types of cases:
  • Car accidents Car crashes can be quite serious, especially on congested roadways such as Virginia Beach Boulevard, Hampton Boulevard, Arctic Avenue, and so forth. Whether you were hurt in a rear-end collision or you lost a loved one in a fatal intersection collision, we can help. 
  • Truck accidents — Virginia highways such as I-95, I-81 and I-64 are prominent hubs to the transport of interstate goods by commercial trucks. This is why tractor-trailer accidents are quite common in Virginia. Commercial truck accidents are some of the most serious types of accidents our law firm handles. It can leave people permanently injured. For example, we represented a young girl who suffered a brain injury after her family's vehicle was hit by a big rig. We obtained a $5.5 million settlement to help cover her life-long treatment.
  • Railroad accidents — Federal legislation gives railroad employees a right to sue for railroad accident injuries sustained on the job. If you are hurt as a result of a railroad company’s negligence, you may have a cause of action.
  • Boating accidents - Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Chesapeake are located in close proximity to large bodies of water so boating and watercraft activities are quite common in this area, especially around the Appomattox River, Broadbay, Chesapeake Bay, and so forth. Whether you were involved in a jet ski collision, speed boat accident, or sail boat accident, we can help.
  • Wrongful death — If you lost a loved one due to the reckless actions of another person or company, you can, and should, hold the reckless party accountable by filing a lawsuit on behalf of your family member. Our lawyers understand the significant hardships that many families face after the sudden loss of a loved one and we work hard to honor the memory of your loved one. For example, our firm obtain a $2.5 million wrongful death jury verdict for a family who lost a loved one after his lawn mower caught fire in Chesapeake, Va.

Contact Our Firm For Answers To Your Questions About Personal Injury Law in Virginia & North Carolina

The attorneys at Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn possess decades of experience negotiating with insurance adjusters to reach sizable settlements and persuading juries to award substantial sums in court. We are available 24/7 and you owe us nothing until we obtain compensation on your behalf. If you would like to schedule a free, confidential consultation, contact us today.

We maintain client conference spaces in Norfolk, Portsmouth, Hampton and Suffolk. 

Our Virginia Beach main office address is 1294 Diamond Springs Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23455. In addition to serving the seven cities of Tidewater, we serve clients in Richmond, Roanoke, Winchester, Fredericksburg, Woodbridge, Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, and so on. 

Our satellite North Carolina office address serving Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, and the Outer Banks is 8 Juniper Trail, Suite 7, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949.  We have experience in courtrooms across North Carolina and are ready to serve clients in Ahoskie, Camden, Charlotte, Corolla, Currituck, Dare, Duke, Durham,  Elizabeth City, Edenton, Greensboro, Greenville, Goldsboro, Halifax, Havelock, Kinston, New Bern, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Raleigh, Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, Tarboro, Wilson, and Winston-Salem. We also serve the the Outer Banks towns of Kill Devil Hills, Manteo, Nags Head, and so on.

Our Virginia and Carolina Personal Injury lawyers represent or have represented - Doctors. Paramedics. Registered nurses. Physical therapists. Police officers. Insurance agents. Insurance adjusters. Paralegals. CIA agents. FBI agents. Navy SEALS. Firefighters. EMT’s. Military officers. Marines. Pilots. Aviators. Safety directors. CEOs’. Railroad engineers. Railroad conductors. Railroad Carmen. Railroad track maintenance workers. Railroad B & B workers. Musicians. Dancers. Artists. Retired military. Ultrasound technician. Truck drivers. Warehousemen. Financial advisors. Appraisers. Psychotherapists. Psychologists. College students. PhD’s. Medical students. Secretaries. Administrative assistants. Bus drivers.

These prior personal injury clients placed their faith in us due to our long track record of large Virginia and Carolina settlements and verdicts, and because we adhere to the highest ethical lawyer standards.