The questions on this page were answered by our team of Virginia Beach & Norfolk personal injury attorneys. The questions are categorized by practice area such as car accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death, etc. If you have specific questions about your situation, contact our firm to set up a free consultation with an actual attorney.

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  • I was just diagnosed with cancer or mesothelioma. No one ever told me before that it was connected to railroad work I did many years earlier. Can I still bring a railroad injury or disease claim?

    As explained in one of the other FAQ's, the three-year limitation period does not begin until the worker knew or should have known of a connection between the cancer or disease and their railroad occupation.  If no medical professional or other person ever provided a clue to the worker that they had a claim, more than three years before now, three-year limitation period should not have expired but you need a railroad injury attorney's advice for a more precise answer.


    About the editors: The motto at Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan law firm is simple -"All we do is injury law." We hope you were able to find the answer to your injury query. If not, please review our Virginia Accident Lawyer FAQ Library for additional information. If you'd like to speak to an actual attorney about your potential injury claim for free, please contact our office at 1-800-752-0042.

  • How does anyone prove that their asbestos cancer or mesothelioma arose from exposure at a railroad?

    This is a fairly tough question to answer in a couple sentences, and that's one of the reasons you must retain an experienced railroad injury attorney.

    We have developed many ways to show evidence that asbestos insulation was on all steam and diesel engines, a component of brake shoes and an insulating material on cabooses for many years, We have also been able to prove asbestos insulation was used in many yard offices or buildings, including old roundhouses. Many industrial hygienists and industrial safety experts we bring in to provide expert testimony also understand where asbestos was located.

    On diesel engines, there was extensive asbestos insulation and the engine cab heaters often blew invisible but dangerous asbestos inside the small crew cab area.

    Moreover, we sometimes our clients to medical doctors who have experience diagnosing and treating people exposed to asbestos and who can determine whether certain lung diseases are connected to asbestos. In cases involving lung cancer, mesothelioma and other cancers, we are always seeking out the top professionals in order to make analyses.


    About the editors:
    The motto at Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan law firm is simple: "All we do is injury law." We hope you were able to find the answer to your injury query. If not, please review our Virginia Accident Lawyer FAQ Library for additional information. If you'd like to speak to an attorney about your potential injury claim for free, please contact our office at (800) 752-0042.

  • Is there any cost for your firm to analyze my potential railroad injury case involving cancer or mesothelioma?

    Our firm does not charge any fees for consultations, and our firm, when retained, charges a contingent fee, meaning that we only charge a legal fee if we recover on your case.  As with most all law firms, we also advance case costs and court expenses on behalf of a client and do not ask the client to advance those sums-they are repaid at time of settlement.



    About the editors:
    The motto at Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan law firm is simple -"All we do is injury law." We hope you were able to find the answer to your injury query. If not, please review our Virginia Accident Lawyer FAQ Library for additional information. If you'd like to speak to an actual attorney about your potential injury claim for free, please contact our office at 1-800-752-0042.

  • Is there evidence that railroads were using asbestos insulation in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and so forth?

    Yes, there are internal documents our law firm has obtained from the railroad industry, and available after many court cases, that show that dozens upon dozens if not hundreds of railroad industry products were insulated with asbestos materials.  As a matter of fact, the nation's railroads, despite being aware of the use of asbestos for decades, did not begin even removing it from diesel freight locomotive engines until the 1990s in most cases.  The workers in the meantime developed these asbestos diseases and cancers such as mesothelioma, and all the while the railroads hid from the workers that asbestos was on their machinery and engines.  


    About the editors: The motto at Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan law firm is simple -"All we do is injury law." We hope you were able to find the answer to your injury query. If not, please review our Virginia Accident Lawyer FAQ Library for additional information. If you'd like to speak to an actual attorney about your potential injury claim for free, please contact our office at 1-800-752-0042.

  • I was a cigarette smoker for decades and wound up diagnosed with mesothelioma. Does my smoking mean I can't bring a claim against my employer?

    There are many medical studies that show that cigarette smoking has nothing to do with the cause of mesothelioma cancer, which is virtually exclusively related to having prior asbestos exposure in your work career or during your lifetime. 

    With regard to lung cancer, cigarette smoking is a known cause of lung cancer, but asbestos is also a carcinogen and also a known cause of lung cancer. 

    Many medical studies showed that workers who were significant smokers, and who also had asbestos exposure, had a 50 to 80 fold relative risk increase over non-smoking/non-asbestos workers, in contracting lung cancer.  This is called "synergy" and makes the risk of lung cancer extremely great for smokers who breathed asbestos, and most had no idea that their risk of lung cancer was so vastly increased because of the mix between smoking and asbestos fibers.

    To learn more, check out this article titled: Railroad Asbestos Mesothelioma/Cancer and the Link to Smoking