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Rick Shapiro

Attorney Confessions: Things I Never Knew About Preventable Cancer Cases

As a personal injury lawyer practicing in Virginia (VA), I was actually handling a couple of lung cancer cases for clients when tragedy struck close to home. Although I handled…

Rick Shapiro

Railroaders Injured on the Job Promised Greater Federal Protection

The two agencies with greatest responsibilities for protecting the health and lives of railroad workers have agreed to coordinate efforts to protect rail employees who report on-the-job injuries…

Rick Shapiro

Big Railroad Cancer Fiction Exposed: Asbestos on Diesel Engines

Diesel engines were, and have been, laden with asbestos. Nevertheless, railroads tell workers and juries otherwise all the time. As a practicing railroad/FELA attorney, I heard a rumor years back…

Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro

Virginia (VA) Workplace Deaths Drop To Lowest Number Ever Reported

Workplace accidents can happen to people from all walks of life, from railroad employees to police officers. As a Virginia (VA) workplace injury attorney I’ve seen my share of terrible…

Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro

BNSF Railroad Employee Unfairly Suspended for Reporting an Injury Awarded $300K by OSHA

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway has been ordered to pay a woman $300,000 for punishing her after she reported a workplace injury. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration…

Rick Shapiro

Injury Attorneys: Get Boots on the Ground and Use Tech Tools

Personal injury attorneys must use technology and get their boots (and eyes) on the ground at the scene of the accident as quickly as possible. But just getting to the scene is not enough in the age…

Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro

Eleven Workers Assumed Dead in Oil Rig Explosion, 17 Seriously Injured

A team of 126 oil rig workers on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico were going about their day when a massive explosion occurred sinking the rig. As of this writing, 11 crewmembers are…

Jim Lewis

Federal Approval Inches Virginia Closer to Off-Shore Drilling

A while back, my colleague John Cooper wrote about the possibility of off-shore drilling in Virginia (VA) and the risk of serious injury this type of work will present to many Virginians. Well, the…

Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro

Virginia Scaffold Injury/Death – Not Just a Big City Problem

When you think of Virginia you don’t think immediately of skyscrapers and highrises in the same way you might think of for New York, Philadelphia or Houston. Ironically, the tallest building in…

Randy Appleton

State Government Jobs the Most Dangerous for Virginia Workers

More than 97,000 workers in Virginia suffered a reportable job-related illness or injury in 2008, according to the latest annual report of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry. Diseases…