Testimonials From Real Clients

One of the best ways to gauge the quality of a personal injury law firm is the feedback from prior clients.  We are proud to have served so many people who needed help during a difficult time. 

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  • Rick Shapiro was so passionate about this case and it certainly came across in the courtroom during the trial. He worked extremely hard for us throughout these past 5 years and believed in our position with so much conviction.

     [Client sent this note following the 8.6 Million Verdict Returned by the jury after a 10 day trial] To: Richard N. Shapiro, I am so happy with the outcome of our case against CSX Railroad, which resulted in an $8.6 million verdict. Our attorneys, Rick Shapiro and Sidney Gilreath [TN counsel] were so passionate about this case and it certainly came across in the courtroom during the trial.  They worked extremely hard for us throughout these past five years and believed in our position with so much conviction, but they were also very sensitive to my husband's condition, especially the last few weeks of his life. I don't know if all attorneys work this hard for their clients, but Mr. Shapiro...dedicated so many hours to this case and I and my family will be forever grateful to them.   This verdict was so important because it brought to light the realization that many big corporations put profits above providing safe working conditions, proper training and furnishing protective clothing and equipment to their employees. They are great attorneys and a credit to their profession. If I ever need an attorney in the future, you can be assured I will be calling Mr. Shapiro and Mr. Gilreath.   Anne P.

  • The most important thing with a lawyer is that they provide good communication. John was always ready to take the phone with me when I needed to talk. 

    I was very happy with lawyer John C. and his handling my car accident case.  I applied to be John's paralegal in his personal injury law firm some time ago. When I got hurt in a car accident, I knew who I should call.  The most important thing with a lawyer is that they provide good communication.  John was always ready to take the phone with me when I needed to talk.  He made me feel comfortable calling him.  I would definitely recommend Shapiro & Appleton to my friends and family if they need help in Virginia Beach, VA with any kind of accident or injury lawsuit or insurance claim.   Client: Denise Case: Car wreck Location: Virginia Beach, VA Attorney: John C.

  • John generously gave his time and ear to ease me through the process and he was there for me day and night.

    I was afraid and upset due to my injury, but my attorney, John, generously gave his time and ear to ease me through the process and he was there for me day and night. I will always be grateful to him for that. Thanks again John and the staff of Shapiro & Appleton. Client: B. Francis Location: Wilson, North Carolina (NC)

  • You went above and beyond the call of duty for an attorney. 

    I want to thank you for showing so much compassion in the handling of my automobile accident case. I was in a lot of pain from the wreck physically and emotionally. You went above and beyond the call of duty for an attorney.  I would certainly recommend anyone I know in Tidewater, Virginia to you for a car wreck injury case. I appreciate all you have done to help me in handling the lawsuit and getting me through this tough time. Client: Barbara from Wilson, North Carolina (NC) Attorney: John C. Case: Injured car accident passenger in Suffolk, Virginia (VA)

    Barbara from Wilson, North Carolina (NC)
  • I like to deal with people who are honest and who keep their word.  You are that kind of straight shooter. 

    Dear John, I want to let you know how much I appreciate your hard work on my accident case.  The overall result in terms of money was very good and I appreciate the quick way that you handled the case.  I was impressed by your professional courtesy in always returning phone calls.  I like to deal with people who are honest and who keep their word.  You are that kind of straight shooter.  You always told me exactly what to expect as the insurance claim went forward and made me feel comfortable.  When I need an attorney in northeast North Carolina I am going to call you and I recommend you to anyone else who is seriously hurt because you went the extra mile for me.   Client: Joe from Coastal North Carolina Attorney: John C. Case: Trip and fall at Outer Banks, NC Hotel

  • I would recommend Mr. Shapiro and his staff to other persons who have a personal injury and need help with their situation as I did.

    Mr. Shapiro and his staff were always very kind and courteous to me. Roz, Mr. Shapiro's paralegal, was sympathetic to my situation and understanding of my injuries. She and his legal assistant Meg always returned my calls promptly as did Mr. Shapiro. I tripped and suffered injuries due to a construction area that was not marked properly. I had a favorable settlement and my case was handled promptly. I would recommend Mr. Shapiro and his staff to other persons who have a personal injury and need help with their situation as I did. Client: EK Lawyer: Rick Shapiro Case: Trip and fall at construction site

    EK
  • I would recommend Mr. Shapiro and his staff to other persons who have a personal injury and need help with their situation as I did.

    Mr. Shapiro and his staff were always very kind and courteous to me. Roz, Mr. Shapiro's paralegal, was sympathetic to my situation and understanding of my injuries. She and his legal assistant Meg always returned my calls promptly as did Mr. Shapiro. I tripped and suffered injuries due to a construction area that was not marked properly. I had a favorable settlement and my case was handled promptly. I would recommend Mr. Shapiro and his staff to other persons who have a personal injury and need help with their situation as I did. Client: EK Lawyer: Rick Shapiro Case: Trip and fall at construction site

  • I asked a friend of mine what attorney would he use [to handle a mesothelioma case] and he immediately said Rick Shapiro. He called Rick on his cell phone and explained our situation and handed me the phone.  That connection to the law firm of Shapiro & Appleton began a relationship of trust and a sense of confidence that we had not experienced before. It was apparent to us that we had the right team fighting for our father.

    Our worst nightmare evolved when my father began having chest pains....Finally, the surgeon told us he had mesothelioma, a mean cruel cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.  They also told us there were no survivors of this type of cancer.... My father had worked on the Railroad for over 36 years...I then asked a friend of mine if this was his father, what attorney would he use and he immediately said Rick Shapiro.  He called Rick on his cell phone and explained our situation and handed me the phone.  That connection to the law firm of Shapiro & Appleton began a relationship of trust and a sense of confidence that we had not experienced before.    It was apparent to us that we had the right team fighting for our father. Dad died less than 3 months after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma.   He did not live to see the results of the work of what Rick did for our family.  We were caught up in delay after delay.  I really believe the Railroad was trying to delay until after my mother's death.  Our father had signed an early retirement contract in 1989, wherein a clause basically said that he would hold the railroad harmless from any future claims of any sort.  The first judge read that agreement and tossed the case out.  Rick knew better and his experience with FELA cases become an added tool in the arsenal. Rick never gave up, he appealed the lower judge's decision to a higher court and got that decision overturned with a unanimous decision, making our case a landmark case for others in our situation to have legal ground to fight on.    [The railroad] had no sympathy for the family; could care less that Dad was exposed to asbestos while he worked in the railroad shop and later as fireman on the steam engines and later as an engineer running the diesel engines.  Rick realized the railroad knew of the dangers of asbestos years ago and intentionally failed to train the employees of the hazards in being exposed to asbestos nor did they ever offer any type of personal protective devices even though they had been available for years.  That they knew and made intentional decisions to do nothing for their employees provided the fuel for anger from within the family. Over the life of the case, which extended almost 5 years, Rick visited our home; he wanted to develop a personal relationship with the family so he could better understand our needs and where our strengths were.  His continued drive and positive attitude kept us from ever getting to the point where we just gave up and decided to take whatever deal the railroad laid on the table.  Never did I send an email or left a message in Rick's office that we did not get a speedy answer.  The courtesy he extended to our family was unmatched by anyone in his profession.   Another new judge, #3 now, asked us to try mediation one more time.  Rick contacted us and explained our options.  We told him that we trusted his advice and we proceeded with the second round of mediation.  This time, with the strategy he devised, we were successful in reaching a settlement amount with the railroad ... on behalf of our mother....  She just wanted to know that she would have money in the bank to pay the bills and not have to worry about somebody coming in and making her give up something that she and Dad had worked for.  Rick made that possible.  He has never led us astray and he always acted in our best interest.  Now that this chapter is behind us, we still stay in touch from time to time.  Rick evolved over time to become part of the family, a trusted, loyal friend.  From not knowing us at all, to fighting for us, to the final battle, his guidance was always positive, and always in our best interest.   On behalf of [all of us] we are eternally grateful for everything the firm did for our family.   Client: Name Omitted to Protect Privacy Attorney: Rick Shapiro Case: Railroad Mesothelioma

  • During the entire process, the firm kept me and my family informed about what to expect and what I needed to do

    I was really happy with the work that the firm did on my auto accident case. We went to mediation and got the case resolved for a good amount which will let me do things to help my financial future like buying a house. During the entire process, the firm kept me and my family informed about what to expect and what I needed to do.  I am really glad not to have to go to trial and think that the reason we got such a good outcome was in part because of my lawyer's hard work in getting ready for mediation and forcing the insurance company to be fair. When the lady ran into my work truck not far from our home in Hanover County, Virginia, my mother and father were there at the scene and saw me all banged up and unconscious. I ended up spending 5 days in the hospital and had to use a walker and crutches to get around because of broken bones in my hip and back for several months.  One thing that I liked is that the attorney spent enough time with me and my family talking about the injury and making sure that I knew my legal options. There were a lot of different issues that the lawyer knew how to manage having to do with the underinsured motorists coverage, worker's compensation insurance, and dealing with paying the big medical bills that I had from the hospital and the doctors.  I really felt like the firm was looking out for my best interests in the lawsuit.     

    Kevin
  • Without you I am sure my settlement would have been far less than the settlement you successfully negotiated for me and my family. 

    Dear Randy,   This letter is to thank you and your staff for the professional job you did handling my injury case with the railroad.  Without you I am sure my settlement would have been far less than the settlement you successfully negotiated for me and my family.   I sincerely hope none of my railroad friends ever receive an injury. However, if they do, I will advise them to contact you immediately.   I hope we can stay in touch because I consider you to be a friend as well as very good attorney.  If you ever need my help in the future, please don't hesitate to call.    Sincerely,   Howard Client: Howard Case: Railroad Injury Attorney: Randy Appleton