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Randy Appleton

As Schools Let Out for Summer, Heed Lessons on Backyard Pool Safety

On May 31, 2015, a 6-year-old girl drowned in a private pool in Virginia Beach, VA. Very little information was made public about the tragedy, but it prompted the head of the city’s Emergency Medical Services Division to share these […]

Rick Shapiro

When Can Parents in Virginia Hold a Party Host Liable for Their Child’s Injuries?

When is the host of a cookout or other gathering of multiple families liable for injuries suffered by a child who is not his or her own? The Virginia Supreme Court clarified this tricky issue of civil law when ruling […]

Rick Shapiro

Mother of Two Electrocuted Children Files Wrongful Death Claim

The mother of two children who were electrocuted at the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri over the July 4 holiday is suing Union Electric. The lawsuit alleges that the two children, 8 and 13, were swimming near the dock at […]

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Slip and Fall Victim Receives $38.6 Million Jury Award

The victim of slip-and-fall injury was awarded $38.6 million by a California jury. The victim suffered a brain injury after slipping and falling from the balcony of a hotel. The argument…

Rick Shapiro

A Miracle Today, a Potential Mess Tomorrow: Liability and the Navy Jet Crash in Virginia Beach

Even more amazing and welcome than the April 7, 2012, announcement that Virginia Beach, VA, fire and rescue crews found no fatalities in the wreckage of the Mayfair Mews apartment buildings all…

Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro, P.C.

Shark Attacks: Keep an Eye Out for Dorsal Fins

Last week, a 6 year old girl was attacked by a shark at Ocracoke beach. This type of attack is a rare and unexpected tragedy for our normally relaxing shorelines, filled with families and…

Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro

Prepare Now to Not Suffer Hurricane Injuries Later

With temperatures reaching well above 100 F for the third day in a row, I’m tempted to pray for rain — lots of rain — just to cool things off.
As a longtime resident of Virginia (VA), though, I…

Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro

Improper Stacking Cases – Falling Items at a Big Box Retailer

The big box mart era is in full-swing in the United States and many of us find ourselves in one of these stores at least once a week. These are not standard grocery stores or local drug stores, but…

Rick Shapiro

Dozens hurt in Virginia Beach (VA) collapse to divide just $375,000

Three dozen people hurt – some maimed and disabled for life – after a deck collapsed in the Sandbridge section of Virginia Beach in 2005 are being forced to divide just $375,000, The…

Randy Appleton

Watch Your Step in VA Beach’s Town Center

A fountain sits majestically in the middle of Town Center’s $1.7 million plaza. It’s beautiful, and it’s big. Unfortunately, it’s also dormant most of the time….