Decades of success holding wrongdoers accountable.
We are attorneys with trial-tested experience representing those seriously injured or killed through no fault of their own. We take fewer cases so we can focus more on you and your path to recovery. We have a unique understanding of the law and skills needed to succeed in personal injury, medical malpractice, and nursing home abuse and neglect claims. We build value by building relationships with our clients. We use years of experience trying complex cases to juries to achieve fair settlements out of court when possible and to obtain full and fair compensation in the courtroom when necessary.
We handle a variety of injury-related cases in Richmond, VA
We dedicate ourselves to helping people seriously injured and the families of those killed by negligent drivers, healthcare providers, property owners, and corporations. We only pursue meritorious cases that are supported by the facts and the law. We limit our practice to serious cases because we do our best work when we know our clients. If we accept your case, you will have direct access to your attorneys.
Unlike many lawyers representing injured people and the families of those killed, we have significant jury trial experience that insurance companies respect. We will take your case to a jury if the insurance company is not willing to settle on fair terms considering the facts and the law.
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Michael Lantz has over 30 years of experience in representing injured people and fighting for justice. His specialties include medical malpractice, automobile accident cases, nursing home negligence cases and premise liability cases.
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What Are the Four D’s of Medical Negligence in Virginia?
Mar 1, 2021 | By Rand Robins | Read Time: 2minutes
When you visit a doctor, you expect that they will treat you to the best of their ability. You should be able to trust your doctors and other medical professionals. However, not all medical providers provide the required standard of care, resulting in mistakes. Some of these mistakes rise to the level of medical negligence, which means you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries. To successfully resolve a medical malpractice claim, you need to prove the 4 D’s of malpractice. Because medical negligence claims are typically complicated to pursue, we recommend contacting a skilled Virginia medical malpractice lawyer for assistance. What Are the Four D’s of Negligence? The four D’s of negligence are duty, dereliction, direct causation, and damages. If you cannot prove even one of these elements, you won’t have a valid claim for medical malpractice. Duty Is the Physician’s Duty of Care All health care professionals are legally obligated to uphold a certain standard of care when treating any of their patients. This duty requires medical professionals to use the same high standard of care that similar medical professionals would use. They must also inform their patients about any potential risks of treatment or procedures and keep their patients’ personal information confidential. Dereliction Occurs When the Health Care Provider Breaches Their Duty When a health care provider is derelict in their duty, they can be held responsible for their actions. Examples of dereliction include when a health care provider prescribes the wrong medication or performs an unauthorized procedure. Other derelictions occur when a surgeon leaves a foreign object in someone’s body after surgery or a patient develops an infection after a procedure because a medical professional didn’t properly sanitize the work environment. Direct Causation Involves Showing That the Health Care Provider’s Negligence Caused Your Injuries The third D is direct causation. Proving direct causation requires showing the health care provider’s actions were the direct cause of your injuries. In some cases, proving direct causation is very easy, while it’s far more complicated in other cases. One example of direct causation is when a surgeon operates on the wrong body part. Damages Are the Financial Losses and Harm You Suffered The final element is damages. You must be able to show you suffered some financial and physical harm to have a case. Without the ability to show there was some negative impact to you, you don’t have the 4 d’s of negligence to successfully recover damages in a Virginia medical malpractice case. Damages in a medical malpractice case include physical and emotional harm, additional medical expenses, lost wages, and more. If you have suffered harm due to a medical professional’s actions, you need to contact a Virginia medical malpractice lawyer who can advise you whether you have a valid case to pursue. Contact Our Richmond Medical Malpractice Lawyers Don’t try to handle a potential medical malpractice claim on your own. Let an experienced Richmond medical malpractice lawyer represent you. You need a legal advocate who can protect your rights and gather the necessary evidence to prove the four d’s of negligence. Contact Lantz & Robins, P.C., today to schedule an initial consultation. Let us help you fight for the compensation you deserve and hold the negligent health care providers accountable for the harm they caused you.
Feb 22, 2021 | By Rand Robins | Read Time: 2minutes
If you suspect a loved one is being abused or neglected in their nursing home, it’s imperative to take action right away. Some prospective clients want to file a lawsuit against the nursing home immediately. However, filing a complaint against a nursing home in Virginia requires you to prove negligence. Without proper evidence, the nursing home will not be held accountable. You can also file a complaint with the Virginia Department of Health. To learn more about how to report nursing home abuse, we recommend speaking with a skilled Virginia nursing home abuse attorney. Defining Nursing Home Negligence in Virginia Nursing homes are held to a high standard of care. Nursing home residents are guaranteed certain protections and rights when living at a nursing home facility, one of which is the right to be free from any type of neglect or abuse. Under the federal Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987, nursing homes that receive Medicaid or Medicare funds are required to maintain a safe environment for all their elderly residents. When a nursing home fails to adhere to the required standard of care, it can be held accountable for its actions. Proving negligence in a lawsuit requires you to show: The nursing home was negligent (the nursing home made a mistake); Their negligence was the proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injuries (their mistake caused the injury); and The injury was severe and resulted in damages (the plaintiff’s injuries required medical treatment). You want to have strong evidence before you consider filing a legal complaint. You also need to weigh the pros and cons of filing a lawsuit. Lawsuits can take years to resolve, they tend to be very costly, and there’s a good chance that Medicaid or Medicare will take a significant percentage of the settlement. Instead, look at filing a complaint with the Virginia Department of Health first. At Lantz & Robins, P.C., our legal team has decades of combined experience handling Virginia nursing home abuse and neglect cases. We can help you get a complaint filed with the Department of Health and determine whether you have enough evidence to proceed with a lawsuit. How to Report Nursing Home Abuse to the Virginia Department of Health? The Office of Licensure and Certification (OLC) oversees activities and licenses for Virginia nursing home facilities. You can report a concern by phone or file a written complaint. You’ll need to share detailed information on your concerns and why you suspect abuse or neglect. The OLC will send out an investigator unannounced to investigate and review your family member’s chart. The investigator will determine whether the nursing home provides the standard of care as required by the law. Filing a claim with the Office of Licensure and Certification does not cost you anything, but it can have a significant impact. It could help stop the abuse and neglect against your family member, as well as other residents of the facility. Contact a Virginia Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyer To learn more about nursing home abuse and neglect and discuss the best course of action for your particular situation, speak with our experienced Virginia nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers. Contact Lantz & Robins, P.C., today to schedule an initial consultation. Let us put our years of experience with nursing home abuse and personal injury cases to work for you and help you hold the nursing home accountable for mistreating someone you love.
Feb 3, 2021 | By Rand Robins | Read Time: 2minutes
The unexpected and sudden loss of a family member is never easy to accept. The loss is especially traumatic when your loved one’s death was due to someone else’s negligence. In this situation, certain family members may have the right to claim damages against the at-fault party. To find out who can file a lawsuit under the Virginia wrongful death statute, you need to speak with an experienced Virginia personal injury lawyer. At Lantz & Robins, P.C., we have decades of experience assisting Virginia clients with all their personal injury needs, including wrongful death lawsuits. Like other states, Virginia has its own laws on who can file a wrongful death lawsuit. These can be complicated claims to pursue, which is why you want an experienced lawyer who can help. Statutory Beneficiaries Can File Under the Wrongful Death Statute in Virginia Virginia allows those who are defined as statutory beneficiaries to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. There is a specific order of priority regarding who can bring a claim. And the lawsuit itself can be filed only by the personal representative for the estate. Individual family members cannot file. Although the estate representative is the one filing, any financial recovery will go to the appropriate beneficiaries. Surviving spouses and children are the family members who have the first right to bring a wrongful death lawsuit in Virginia. If a child is deceased, the surviving grandchildren may bring a claim. If the deceased had no surviving spouse and no children or grandchildren, then the decedent’s surviving parents, siblings, and any other family member in the decedent’s household who was financially dependent can bring a wrongful death claim. If the decedent has no children or grandchildren but has a surviving spouse and both parents, then the surviving spouse and parents could bring the wrongful death action. In the rare event there is no surviving spouse, children, grandchildren, parents, siblings, or any other family who primarily depended on the decedent, then Virginia’s estate laws will apply to identify the person’s next of kin. It’s important to point out that Virginia law recognizes relatives as someone related to the deceased by blood, marriage, or adoption. This can even include stepchildren. However, some parents are prohibited from filing a claim on behalf of their deceased child. If a parent had their rights terminated or had their child placed with a foster home, they are not entitled to bring a wrongful death claim or benefit financially. How Long Do You Have to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit? As with other types of personal injury claims, Virginia law requires that you file a wrongful death lawsuit within the statute of limitations. In most cases, this is two years from the date of the person’s death, not the incident or accident date. If you fail to file within two years, the court will likely dismiss your entire case. Contact a Virginia Wrongful Death Attorney Determining the right party to bring a wrongful death claim can be challenging in some cases. If you believe you have a valid wrongful death claim, it’s best to speak with an experienced attorney first who can help guide you through the process. Contact Lantz & Robins, P.C., today to schedule an initial consultation. We know this is a terrible time for your family. Let us navigate the claims process for you and help you hold the responsible party accountable for your loved one’s death.