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.

Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids and adults alike. It is always exciting to dress up in costumes and trick or treat at night! However, it is no surprise that Halloween also brings with it increased risks of accidents and injuries.

There is an increased risk of motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians on Halloween. Also, let’s not forget that many people celebrate the holiday by consuming alcohol, so we can expect an increase in the risk of alcohol-related accidents.

Car accidents are not the only safety concerns. With dark conditions, poor visibility and the design of certain costumes, there is an increased risk of tripping and falling on an uneven sidewalk. Burn injury risks are also heightened on Halloween as some lawns have lit up  jack-o-lanterns, and some costumes can be highly flammable.

To help keep you and your loved ones safe on Halloween, our Hernando County Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton would like to make this a safe and fun night for all the trick or treaters. Please review the following Halloween safety tips:

  • Swords, knives, and any similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
  • Never trick or treat alone. Stay in groups with adult supervision.
  • Apply reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
  • Hold a flashlight while trick or treating to help you see and others see you. Always walk and refrain from running house to house.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
  • Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
  • Wear well-fitting costumes, masks, and shoes to avoid any unnecessary slips, trips, and falls.
  • Only visit well lit houses. Stay away from dark house. Never accept rides from strangers.
  • Wear flame-resistant costumes.

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Visiting a haunted house is supposed to be a scary thrill. However, none of the happenings at these attractions should leave you injured. If you are injured, then the haunted house could be liable.

In 2014, a woman was severely injured while touring a haunted house in Pontiac, Michigan after a moving wall caused her to slip and fall. She sustain multiple fractures as well as other injuries.

The woman’s lawsuit alleged that she was knocked down in an area with inadequate lighting.

The case recently settled for $125,000.

If you plan on attending a haunted house this Halloween season, there are certain safety precautions you can take to avoid harm. However, if there are hidden dangers present, even the safest person can fall victim. Property owners in general have a legal duty to maintain safe conditions on their properties. When an owner or company fails to keep a premise safe and someone suffers a serious injury because of that condition, the victim can seek financial compensation for their losses.

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President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in the state of Florida on Wednesday and ordered federal aid to supplement recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Hermine.

Hermine, the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida since Wilma in 2005, dumped several inches of rain on Florida and caused major flooding issues.

The president’s action makes federal funding available to affected people in Citrus, Dixie, Hernando, Hillsborough, Leon, Levy, Pasco and Pinellas counties.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help residents and business owners recover.

Federal funding also is available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofits on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities. That’s in place for Citrus, Dixie, Franklin, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Pasco, Pinellas, Suwannee, Taylor and Wakulla counties.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance Thursday by registering online or calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing- or speech-impaired.

The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7am to 9pm seven days a week until further notice.

Our Hernando County Hurricane & Storm Damage Claims Attorneys at Whittel & Melton are ready to help you file a claim with your insurance company to cover property damage and losses. You should receive full and fair compensation and we will work hard to ensure that you are not taken advantage of. Many insurance adjusters will do whatever they can to unfairly deny, delay or underpay insurance claims. We know the tricks insurance companies use and we will do whatever it takes to help you recover what you are owed.

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A 9-year-old boy was killed in a multi-car pileup in Hernando County Thursday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers believe that traffic along the stretch of I-75 near mile marker 302 was traveling slowly, or maybe even stopped, on Thursday due to an accident a few miles down the road.

A driver apparently failed to slow down and slammed into the family’s car, causing a chain reaction. Six cars total were involved.

Reports indicate that the boy’s parents and his 5-year-old sister survived.

The Florida Highway Patrol says charges are pending and the investigation could take months to complete.

Anytime a loved one is killed unexpectedly, especially a child, this can be hard to take. The mental and emotional pain this causes can be almost unbearable.

When an accident involves more than two vehicles, fault can lie with multiple drivers. The facts of these accidents often take a great deal of time to discover and piece together.

Insurance companies need to know who is at fault to determine who should be held financially responsible for the collision and any damages, personal injuries and even wrongful death. When multiple parties are at fault, the cost is divided between insurance companies.

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A 22-year-old woman was killed when her car crashed into a Spring Hill home Thursday.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the woman failed to stop at a stop sign at Norbert Street while driving south on Harrow Road.

Troopers believe that the undercarriage of her 2008 Nissan Altima hit the road, sending the car into the air, colliding with a tree and then into a house.

The woman was apparently not wearing a seatbelt and died at the scene, troopers said.

The crash remains under investigation.

Wearing your seatbelt significantly improves your chances of surviving an accident or not being seriously injured in a collision. Statistics show that seat belts save lives. In fact, according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, seatbelts reduce the number of auto accident injuries and deaths by half. Regardless, many people still choose to not wear their seat belts when they get into a motor vehicle.

Simply put, seatbelts have been proven to save lives. Wearing a seatbelt anytime you are inside a car reduces the likelihood of death or a serious injury by as much as 50 percent. When you choose to not fasten your seatbelt, even minor accidents can become much bigger incidents resulting in serious injury and even wrongful death.

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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.


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.

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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.


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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