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Shapiro & Appleton

Read or view videos from former personal injury clients who gave testimonials about our Virginia Beach & Norfolk personal injury attorneys. Many of our former clients live in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia including Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, in addition to other states such as North Carolina, South Carolina, etc.

     

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  • I highly recommend your firm for anyone who was hurt in an accident.

    To: Richard N. Shapiro, Virginia Railroad Injury Lawyer Paralegals: Roz H.  Paula M.  I want to thank you and your law firm on a great job done on my case. I know there was a lot of research and time that went into preparing my case. Your team did a very good job! I would have enjoyed watching you work your magic in court.I think you would have done an outstanding job. I highly recommend your firm for anyone who was hurt in an accident. Thanks again for a great job well done.  

    G.L.
  • 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 would recommend Mr. Shapiro to anyone looking for an attorney they can trust to represent them.

    I would recommend Mr. Shapiro to anyone looking for an attorney they can trust to represent them. His professionalism, experience and confident approach sets him apart from most attorneys. There's no doubt I received a fair settlement and that's because I picked the RIGHT attorney! Wendell F.

    Wendell F.
  • Working with Rick was great. My calls were returned promptly and Rick was able to achieve a great outcome to my case.

    I was hurt badly in an accident that happened at a Norfolk Southern rail yard. I needed a lawyer and didn't know where to turn. I attended some dinners hosted by my local rail union and heard about the Shapiro & Appleton law firm. They've represented a bunch of railroad workers in the past so I decided to reach out to them. I am so glad that I did. I contacted Rick Shapiro and he agreed to represent me. Working with Rick was great. My calls were returned promptly and Rick was able to achieve a great outcome to my case. I would recommend him, and this firm, to friends and family. 

    Ricky W.
  • Georgia Railroad Accident Victim Says Randy Appleton is the Most Professional Personal Injury Lawyer

    Lawyer: Randy Appleton Jurisdiction of Case: Georgia This law firm is very professional.  I wanted to work with someone who is very professional and who cared about the well-being of me and my family.   I have a wife and two small kids and I always felt like they had the best intentions for me and my family.  My lawyer, Mr. Appleton carried himself very professionally and with very high ethics.

  • I am so grateful to Mr. Shapiro and his staff for all they did for my husband and me.

    Mr. Shapiro represented my late husband Harold in a personal injury lawsuit against [railroad corporation].  My husband died from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  This cancer was caused by occupational exposures.  Mr. Shapiro was so kind and compassionate to my husband and me during his illness.  He and his staff helped us so much with all the records and paperwork needed for his case.  My husband passed away before his case was resolved.  Mr. Shapiro continued to help me with everything that had to be done.  I was so thankful for the money from the settlement.  Nothing could replace my husband, but I know his voice was heard, and perhaps measures will be taken in the future to protect the workers.  I am so grateful to Mr. Shapiro and his staff for all they did for my husband and me. Jurisdiction of case: Knoxville Tennessee (TN)

    Linda
  • If you are working for a railroad and in need of legal representation or just simple advice, I urge you to call the Shapiro & Appleton law firm.

    I sustained, what turned out to be, a career-ending back injury in 2007. I suffered this injury while working as a railroad police officer. I discovered how difficult it was to find an attorney who was even remotely familiar with railroad policy and procedure. After several months of searching, which included two attorneys who said they were familiar with the railroad but were not (having commuter train tracks that run past your back yard does not constitute familiarity), I finally found and contacted Attorney Randall E. Appleton from the Shapiro & Appleton firm. Not only was Mr. Appleton very knowledgeable about railroad policy and procedure, but also past and present case law as it pertained to my case. He happens to also be a very decent and patient human being. After a four year legal process, Mr. Appleton was able to push the railroad towards a settlement.  If you are working for a railroad and in need of legal representation or just simple advice, I urge you to call the Shapiro & Appleton law firm. Their attorneys are not only capable and responsive, but also very patient and respectful. If you are lucky, Mr. Appleton may be available to handle your case. And as a bonus, he comes with an equally pleasant and capable assistant by the name of Becky as well. As a now-retired police officer, one thing that I absolutely cannot stand is someone who does not shoot straight or speak the truth. Mr. Appleton is a straight-shooter. He will always tell you the truth as it pertains to your particular case, good or bad, always in a pleasant tone, and always with that classic southern drawl that will remind you of the generous hospitality that the south is known for. He is a true gentleman.

    Dan
  • I’m very satisfied with the help you provided to me in my time of need.

    [Re: Railroad lung disease claim] Thank you for the prompt, courteous and helpful service you provided to me throughout the course of my case.  I'm very satisfied with the help you provided to me in my time of need, and will happily send my family and friends to you for help in the future.

    Thomas S. of Tennessee
  • He was straight-forward, honest, responsive, and extremely helpful

    I heard about the firm from my union rep after I was hurt in an on-the-job railroad accident. I'm so glad I was represented by John. He was straight-foward, honest, responsive, and extremely helpful. He did a great job of explaining complex legal terms in "layman's terms." Any question I had, he was available and responsive. I would hire him again if I ever need a railroad accident injury lawyer.

    A. Stoepker
  • They kept me fully informed and updated on a regular basis which was very important for me.

    I felt like I was David and the railroad company was Goliath.  Shapiro & Appleton was the stone in my sling. They kept me fully informed and updated on a regular basis which was very important for me.

    L. Woodward
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