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Rick Shapiro

Annual Report: Lack of Safe Driving Laws Causing Fatal Crash Spikes

A new study reveals that individual states’ lack of safe driving laws could be contributing to the surge in the number of people killed in car accidents. The number of fatal car crash victims in 2015 spiked at 35,092, which […]

Rick Shapiro

The Importance of Persistence in Product Defect Wrongful Death Cases

I’ve been a Virginia trial attorney for 30 years now and I continue to be surprised at how unpredictable plaintiff’s personal injury law can be. I recently concluded a Virginia product defect wrongful death case involving a Chesapeake resident who […]

Rick Shapiro

Young Woman Killed in Horrific Head-On Collision

A head-on collision in Mint Spring, Virginia killed one driver on Route 11 at Stagecoach Road in Mint Spring, Virginia killed one driver and has left the other driver with “life-threatening” injuries. According to Virginia State Police, at approximately 8:30 […]

Rick Shapiro

Health Update 2016: African American Ovarian Cancers Due to Talc Baby Powder Use

In the last few months, numerous reports have surfaced about the health and safety risks associated with baby powders containing talc, particularly the risk of women developing ovarian cancer. On May 12, 2016, a major study impacting African American women […]

Rick Shapiro

Music Icon Prince Overdosed on Deadly Painkiller Fentanyl

Fentanyl strikes again. The incredibly powerful painkiller reportedly took the life of  music icon Prince. A medical examiner’s report revealed Prince accidentally overdosed on the prescription drug resulting in the death of the megastar. When Prince took the deadly dose of […]

Rick Shapiro

The Top 10 Civil Justice Stories of 2015, Part 2: The Fab Five

Alright folks, here are the top-five civil justice stories for calendar year 2015. If you disagree with the rankings, let us know in the comments section below. Let us know if we missed any other stories that you think should […]

Rick Shapiro

Virginia Wrongful Death Suit Expands Interpretation of Insurance Restrictions

The Virginia Supreme Court on Sept. 17, 2015, handed down a decision that has the potential to make it easier for all plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits to collect on insurance claims. The case stemmed from an […]

Randy Appleton

Damages That Can Be Pursued in a Virginia Wrongful Death Case

Losing a loved one is a traumatic, heartbreaking event. No amount of money will ever be able to bring your spouse, sibling, or other relative back. Nevertheless, under the law, the mechanism designed to bring some semblance of justice to […]

Patrick Austin

2.5 M Verdict for Widow of 88-Year-Old Man Burned to Death by Ryobi Mower Fire in Chesapeake, Virginia

Interview of Richard N. Shapiro Regarding the $2.5 Million Defective Ryobi Ride-on Mower Jury Verdict After a five-day Norfolk, Virginia federal jury trial, the jury returned a $2.5 million verdict in favor of the widow of an 88-year-old man who […]

Rick Shapiro

Virginia Lumber Company Held Liable for Blocking Sight Lines Along Railroad Crossing

The Virginia Supreme Court on October 31, 2014, issued a ruling that could significantly benefit plaintiffs who file wrongful death claims against corporations operating in the state. The decision came 10 years after the husband of the woman seeking to […]