Hernando County Personal Injury Lawyers | Whittel & Melton, LLC | Spring Hill, Brooksville

There are few things more devastating than suffering from serious injuries or the death of a loved one as the result of another person’s negligence. Many injury victims are overwhelmed after an accident and feel helpless with nowhere turn. There are many things to do, and often it is impossible to figure out where to start.

We are here to help. The Hernando County Personal Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can guarantee that you receive the personalized attention you and your family need. Our number one priority is to help injured victims throughout Spring Hill and Brooksville receive the representation they deserve. While we cannot take away the pain you feel now, we can do everything in our power to get you full and fair compensation for your losses.

Offering Commitment to Our Clients in Spring Hill and Brooksville

Our Hernando County personal injury practice handles every type of injury case, from serious car or motorcycle accidents to slip and falls. If you are wondering if you have a case, contact us today to discuss the facts of your claim with a free consultation. Our Hernando County Personal Injury Lawyers can share with you your options in seeking financial recovery following a serious accident, catastrophic injury or the wrongful death of a loved one here in Spring Hill or Brooksville.

At Whittel & Melton, you can be confident that we stand behind you and your case. We will never put you or your claim on the back burner. Rather, we will strategically deal with the responsible parties involved and their insurance companies to obtain justice for you and your loved ones. Simply put, we will not be satisfied until you are. Whether through financial settlement or trial, we will prepare your case to achieve maximum compensation.

A free consultation with the Hernando County Personal Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can start you towards gaining the compensation necessary for a complete recovery. You will never be responsible for any attorney’s fees unless and until there is a successful financial recovery for your damages. Our firm’s phone is answered any time, day or night, so contact us today.

We are proud to help accident victims throughout Hernando County - Spring Hill, Brooksville, Ridge Manor, Weeki Wachee, Hernando Beach, Masaryktown.

A deep fryer apparently caused a house fire in Spring Hill, according to Pasco County Fire Rescue.

A deep fryer was left unattended in the kitchen and started a fire inside the home located at 16517 Albright Avenue.

Firefighters arrived at the scene and found heavy smoke and flames shooting from the double-wide mobile home.

Crews battled the fire and were able to contain it to the kitchen and dining room area.

The homeowner was treated for smoke inhalation. One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion and released. There were no other injuries.

Due to smoke, heat and water damage, the mobile home is a complete loss.

The Red Cross is assisting the family of five that lived in the home.

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We all know that there are things in our homes to keep away from children. However, you may be unaware of some things that could be very dangerous when in the hands of little ones.

The following five things are hidden hazards in most households, according to the Consumer Product Safety.

Magnets

If swallowed, small powerful magnets can attract inside the body and block, twist or tear the intestines. If you think your child has swallowed a magnet, it is best to seek medical attention immediately.

Recalled Products

Stay on top of the latest safety recalls and get dangerous products out of the home. Sign up for recall notices now at www.cpsc.gov.

Windows

Do not place a crib or playpen near a window blind. Children can strangle on blind so it is best to install cordless blinds or safety devices on blind cords. It is also a good idea to install window guards or stops to prevent falls.

TipOvers

Kids will climb, there is no doubt about that. Top-heavy furniture, TVs and stoves can tip over and crush young children, so it is very necessary to make these objects more stable by installing anchors and brackets.

Pools & Spa Drains

The suction from a pool or spa drain is powerful enough to trap a child, or  even an adult, underwater. Always inspect pools and spas for missing or broken drain covers.

If your child has been injured on someone else’s property, the property owner could be liable for damages. Our Hernando County Premises Liability Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help identify the responsible party.

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Summer is here, and we know you want to get outdoors with the kids. Whether it is swimming, riding a bike, taking a summer night stroll or even just opening a window to let that Florida breeze in, safety should always come first. The following simple steps will keep your loved ones safe now and in the future:

Pool Safety

The CPSC estimates that nearly 300 children under 5 years old drown each year in swimming pools and spas.

  • Teach your kids how to swim or sign them up for swimming lessons.
  • If you have a pool, install a four-sided fence around it.
  • Learn CPR.
  • Never leave children unattended around bodies of water. Drowning accidents can happen in a matter of seconds.
Playground Safety

Sadly, more than 200,000 children go to U.S. hospital emergency rooms each year with injuries from playground equipment.

  • Do not attach ropes, jump ropes, clotheslines or pet leashes to play equipment.
  • Make sure play equipment is maintained and is not broken before allowing children to play.
Window Falls

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A father and a 1-year-old child were injured when a driver lost control of an SUV and crashed into a Spring Hill home Monday afternoon. The crash occurred on the 7400 block Pinehurst Drive.

The father was playing with his 1-year-old daughter in the family’s living room. His wife was in another part of the house.

Crews responded to the scene and arrived to find a single vehicle, a silver SUV, inside the front of the home. The vehicle came to a stop half way in the living room.

Both the father and his daughter sustained minor, non-life-threatening injuries.They were transported to Bayfront Hospital.

The man said his daughter was in her playpen at the time of impact, and was thrown across the room.

The driver of the vehicle, a 21-year-old woman, was not injured. She told responders she lost control of the vehicle and subsequently struck the home.

There was light rain in the area at the time of the crash.

Hernando County Fire Rescue would like to remind drivers to use extra care when it is raining and driving wet roads.

Driving on Hernando County roads is risky enough in good conditions. When the roads are slick from rain, this only increases the risk that your vehicle could be involved in a crash or other accident. Wet roads can cause you to lose control of your car and there is always the danger of hydroplaning.

Hydroplaning is when the water on the road surface in front of your vehicle gathers together more rapidly than your tires are able to push it away. When this happens, the pressure of all that water can elevate your car so that it slides and breaks the tires’ direct contact with the road surface, which can make you lose traction resulting in you losing control of your vehicle.

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A Spring Hill man died just after midnight Friday night when he lost control of his motorcycle.

According to Florida Highway Patrol officials, the man was traveling westbound on Linden Drive when he failed to negotiate a left curve in the roadway.

The 28-year-old swerved into a neighboring yard and collided with a flood drain. He was ejected from his motorcycle.

The man was thrown into another yard and died at the scene from his injuries.

Motorcycle accidents result in thousands of deaths and injuries each year and Hernando County residents are no exception. Motorcyclists usually experience more severe injuries compared to motor vehicle accidents. Sadly, even the most experienced riders can suffer severe injuries and wrongful death because of someone else’s negligent actions.

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A 61-year-old man was killed Thursday morning in a traffic accident that involved a Hernando sheriff’s deputy.

The deputy only suffered minor injuries.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 61-year-old man from Weeki Wachee was driving a 2011 Hyundai Sonata southbound on Fort Dade Avenue just after 5 a.m.

Troopers claim the man failed to stop at a stop sign and pulled up onto State Road 50, also known as Cortez Boulevard. At that same time, a 45-year-old deputy was traveling westbound on SR 50. As the Hyundai moved onto the roadway, the cruiser struck the driver’s side of the Hyundai.

Troopers said the Hyundai ended up about 50 yards from the cruiser.

The man later died at an area hospital.

The roadway was closed for several hours because of the collision, which remains under investigation.

Every year many innocent people suffer severe injuries and even death because of accidents caused by law enforcement. Victims of auto accidents involving police could potentially recover compensation for all damages incurred. The most common injuries resulting in auto accidents involving police vehicles include spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, nerve damage and broken bones, which is mostly due to the fact that these accidents involve high speeds. If you or someone you love has suffered harm in an auto accident, our Hernando County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can review your case and guide you through filing an injury or wrongful death claim.

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A Spring Hill man was critically injured Thursday after he was thrown from his motorcycle after colliding with a car.

According to Florida Highway Patrol officials, the 26-year-old was on his motorcycle heading south on Mariner Boulevard when a car on the northbound side of the road turned left into his path.

The man’s bike struck the passenger side of the car, and the man was ejected from the bike.

Troopers believe the man was wearing a helmet at the time of the incident.

He was transported to Bayonet Point Hospital, where his condition is listed as “critical.”

The driver of the car, an 82-year-old Spring Hill woman, was not injured in the crash.

At this time, investigators do not believe alcohol played a role in the incident.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you probably have a lot of questions. In addition to any injuries suffered, there may be financial considerations on your mind. Your medical bills might be growing and you may be unable to work and you could be losing wages.

At Whittel & Melton, our Hernando County Motorcycle Accident Lawyers know that insurance companies are not  always friendly. Even if they seem nice at first and appear to be concerned about your well-being, it is important to remember that insurance claims adjusters are paid to settle claims as quickly and as cheaply as possible. Don’t be fooled into thinking that they are looking out for your best interests.

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A 3-year-old girl died from her injuries after she, along with her mother and baby brother, were hit Friday night by a distracted driver in Brooksville, according to the Florida HIghway Patrol.

The toddler was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital with critical injuries. She was pronounced dead at 7 a.m. Saturday.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the girl’s mother was walking south with her three children on the edge of the northbound lanes of Neff Lake Road at 5:01 p.m.

At the same time, a 26-year-old Brooksville man was driving a 2002 Jaguar south on Neff Lake Road. Troopers said he became distracted after dropping a cigarette and lost control of his vehicle.

The Jaguar hit the mother, the 3-year-old and the 1-year-old baby, troopers said. All three were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital with critical injuries.

The mother and baby brother remain in critical condition at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

The man was arrested overnight for driving with a suspended license resulting in serious injury and ticketed for careless driving.

Officials have said that the case remains under investigation, and charges may be added or amended as the situation changes.

Driving a car is a privilege, not a right. With that said, if someone has the privilege of driving a car, then they are obligated to pay attention and stay focused when driving. However, the sad truth is that too many people let themselves get distracted when behind the wheel – whether it be texting or talking on the phone, eating, or any other activity that takes a driver’s attention away from the road.

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A Hernando County e-School teacher and well-known barrel racer passed away last weekend after a rodeo accident, one day before her 28th birthday.

The woman loved rodeo life and was a professional barrel racer.

Last month, the woman and her horse ran their last race together at a rodeo in Mississippi. Her horse took off out of the ring and slipped on pavement and they both went down. She passed away from her injuries last Sunday.

Accidents can occur on our highways, baseball diamonds, county fairs, ranches and everywhere in between.  Florida negligence laws and other State and Federal Statutory obligations create the landscape where injury claims are made in Florida.  Let us use our years of experience to maximize your financial recovery.  If you or someone you love was killed in a rodeo accident, the best thing to do is contact a personal injury attorney for help.

At Whittel & Melton, we proudly serve all of Hernando County residents with any wrongful death or personal injury claims. Once we determine that your case is legitimate and occurred due to another party’s negligence, we will fight aggressively to get you the compensation you need and deserve.

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A 9-year-old Brooksville girl was airlifted to a Tampa hospital Wednesday morning after she was hit by an SUV at a school bus stop.

The girl suffered what are described as minor injuries by the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash happened on State Road 50 near Red Bud Lane just before 8 a.m.

According to troopers, a 37-year-old woman driving a Kia SUV was heading westbound on SR 50 approaching Red Bud Lane when she switched from the outside to the inside lane. When she saw a stopped car in the inside lane, she switched back to the outside lane and saw a Hernando County school bus picking up students for Morton Elementary School.

She apparently tried to stop, but lost control of the SUV, which slid onto the shoulder of the road and hit the girl. The SUV ended up in a ditch on the side of the roadway.

The driver was not harmed.

The child was flown to St. Joseph’s Hospital where she is listed in stable condition with minor injuries.

It is unclear at this time if any charges will be filed.

It is not uncommon for children’s school bus-related injuries to be caused by other drivers who fail to follow the rules of the road. In Florida, drivers are required to stop when a school bus stops to let students on or off. Sadly, numerous children are hurt each year when drivers do not stop or try to pass a school bus while children are crossing the street to get on the bus or after exiting the bus.

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