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 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.

    Our nightmare began when my father complained of chest pains. We later learned 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 worked on the railroad for over 36 years. I asked a friend of mine if this was his father, which railroad worker injury attorney would he hire. 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& Duffan began a relationship of trust and a sense of confidence that we had not experienced before.  Rick's knowledge of railroad law is vast, so this client made a wise decision. Below are some articles written by Rick on railroad worker injury law and, specifically, the horrific side effects associated with asbestos exposure while workin for the railroads: Overview of Asbestos-Related Diseases and Cancers Rick Shapiro Presents to Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys Winter Meeting How Our Team of Railroad Injury Attorneys Prove a Case Under the Federal Employers Liability Act 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. Rick never gave up. 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. 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.  

  • I highly recommend Mr. Richard Shapiro and Firm to anyone with a personal injury case.

    I am pleased beyond words by the ultimate professional skilled Attorney Richard Shapiro and Paralegals Roz and Paula! I made the right decision when I initially spoke with him and signed the contract that he represent me. The Firm is very sensitive to their client's needs, questions, stressors, time, gathering details related to the case, etc.  They demonstrated respect and sincere caring during some of the most difficult, physically and emotionally painful times I experienced while living 19 months of trauma and discomfort over and over repetitively, trying to manage my PTSD direct result as the passenger on a motorcycle forced off the highway by a lone auto driver, and ejected off the cycle. Attorney Shapiro and his Firm were very diligent in gathering details, including photos of me in the hospital for more than a month, followed by recovery for many months post-hospitalization.   My Attorney and Paralegals gathered not only photos, but other proof of the severity of my condition, including empty medication bottles, body braces, examples of my therapy equipment, copies of medical bills, other related expenses, etc.  Rick Shapiro also prepared me mentally and physically for Deposition, as well as Mediation.  I sincerely appreciated Rick's assistance in preparing me for once-potential future legal possibilities, including court case with jury.   Mr. Shapiro was very instrumental in guiding me through every phase of the prep for litigation.   I found that he and his Paralegals were sincere, genuine and caring, which in itself helped me weather the long-lasting 19-month storm.  I appreciate that the Law Firm was exceptional and steady in its ability to help me as the client make it through the process in spite of my extreme stressors, including pain and severe nausea beyond words. Rick and his Paralegals made it bearable and possible to survive a never-experienced prior "trip" in my life.  I must admit that it was very difficult to survive it, but able to survive it only with the frequent encouragement, recommendations, and explanations by Rick.  He did not hesitate in repeating anything that needed repeated to help me see and return to calm -- easier said than done. But Rick saw the importance of bringing me back to calmness and understanding in some of the most difficult and challenging days of my life.   I am forever indebted to Attorney Richard Shapiro and Paralegals Roz and Paula, who were always patient and there for me.  Thank you!!   I highly recommend Mr. Richard Shapiro and Firm to anyone with a personal injury case.   It’s worth the discussion with Rick! 

    Janet S.
  • Rick took care of everything and put me at ease. I am so glad I chose his firm. He is a fantastic attorney.

    I love riding my motorcycle on the weekends and have always operated my bike safely and cautiously. Unfortunately, my safety measures were no match for the distracted driver who hit me. My injuries were quite severe and I was advised to seek representation. I did some research online and found Rick Shapiro and his firm. Rick took care of everything and put me at ease. I am so glad I chose his firm. He is a fantastic attorney.

    James N.
  • Patrick not only took care of "all" the headaches but in the end was able to settle for more than what I was prepared to accept as a settlement.

    After my accident, I found myself with no car (totaled), 2,600.00 debt due to negative equity in car, and a back sprain that just wouldn't go away. I tried to deal with the insurance company thinking they would at least attemt to treat me fairly. That simply wasn't the case. so I turned to this law firm for help. Patrick not only took care of "all" the headaches but in the end was able to settle for more than what I was prepared to accept as a settlement. I thank Patrick for all he has done for me. Before hiring this firm, I felt bullied and scared which can be so overwhelming. All those feelings subsided after talking with Patrick. He said he would take care of things...and he did.

    Katherine B.
  • The law firm took care of everything. They were so polite and kept me informed throughout the process.

    I had a DePuy ASR hip replacement device implanted and suffered tremendous pain afterwards. The pain in my body after having that device implanted was indescribable. I was shocked when they announced the recall and knew I needed a lawyer. My sister told me to contact Jim Lewis with Shapiro & Appleton. I live in Shenandoah, Virginia and was concerned about the distance between myself and the firm. However, Jim assured me that his team could handle everything by phone and e-mail. All I had to do was focus on getting better. Jim stayed true to his word. The law firm took care of everything. They were so polite and kept me informed throughout the process. I am very satisfied with the outcome of my case and highly recommend Jim and the firm to friends and family.  

    Roy B.
  • Kevin's representation was second-to-none. He was professional, prompt and communicated with his client throughout the litigation process.

    Thank you so very much for a job well done. Your service was second to none, very professional, prompt and you communicated with me during all stages of my case. Most of all you were transparent and open with me about the different directions I could go to resolve my case. Again, thank you for your help and I would recommend anyone that needs legal assistance in your area of law to call you and know that they will be in good hands! 

    Jerry S.
  • I would highly recommend Rick for someone with the misfortune of getting hurt in an accident, he is straight forward, honest, hardworking, easy to talk to, and quick to respond.

    I was hurt in a motorcycle accident and sought after an attorney to represent me.  It took me some time to find the right attorney because I had an idea of what I was looking for and I had to decline several other attorneys before talking with Rick Shapiro. Rick immediately got involved in my case and I was excited to be working with such a proactive attorney.  Rick made sure I understood what was going on in my case no matter how complicated the legal dialect was for me to understand and would seek my approval for the appropriate decisions.  His paralegals (Roz Hughes and Paula McConnell) were always there for me too and were a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend Rick for someone with the misfortune of getting hurt in an accident, he is straight forward, honest, hardworking, easy to talk to, and quick to respond.  I was able to receive a settlement much larger than I initially anticipated so thanks Rick for all your hard work and kindness.

    Stuart C.
  • Extremely professional, yet I really felt like they cared.

    Working with Rick and his staff was about the easiest thing I have ever done. Extremely professional, yet I really felt like they cared. I would highly recommend Rick and his staff to anyone who needs a lawyer. 

    Paul M., Virginia Beach
  • Extremely professional, yet I really felt like they cared.

    Working with Rick and his staff was about the easiest thing I have ever done. Extremely professional, yet I really felt like they cared. I would highly rrecommend them to anyone . 

    Paul M.
  • Kevin handled my case professionally and was extremely forthright regarding my options.

    I was seriously hurt in a boating accident that occurred in Manteo, North Carolina. I knew I needed a lawyer so I did some Google searches for "admiralty lawyers" and found Kevin Duffan. I watched a video where he talked about growing up around the water and understanding boat accident law. I hired him and am definitely pleased that I did. Kevin handled my case professionally and was extremely forthright regarding my options. He was honest and straightforward about everything. I am very satisfied with the outcome of my case. Kevin is a great lawyer.  

    B. Boyd