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.

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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.

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A new study has concluded that many strokes are missed in hospital emergency departments in the days before the problems of the stroke become clear. Unfortunately, misdiagnosis or failure to diagnoses strokes can have shattering consequences.

The study was retrospective, which means it researched what happened to stroke victims in the time leading up to their strokes. The study confirmed that of 187,188 patients admitted for stroke, only 12.7 percent of the stroke patients visited an emergency department and received a non-cerebrovascular diagnosis in the preceding 30-day period, indicating a potentially missed stroke, according to doctors from Johns Hopkins University.

One in every ten of those non-stroke related discharges were for headaches or dizziness. According to researchers, these were likely strokes. The study confirmed that those most at risk for experiencing an undiagnosed stroke are women, members of minority groups and people under age of 45.

doctor with patientAccording to the Harvard Medical School, failure to administer early treatment for the most common types of stroke can result in brain damage and other complications. Delayed treatment can result in a more serious stroke, causing long term damage.

Moreover, failing to diagnose early strokes keeps patients out of the loop on how to prevent future strokes. The National Stroke Association lists preventative measures as medication, other medical therapies and lifestyle changes in regards to diet and exercise. In many cases, doctors recommend drugs to treat other medical conditions that lead to stroke, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease. There are a number of different medications that can reduce blood clotting, which can also prevent a stroke. When an emergency department misses signs of a first stroke, the patient will not be notified of these options, which could result in a second, more serious stroke.

A Hernando County Medical Malpractice Attorney at Whittel & Melton can help you recover your losses if you were harmed due to an undiagnosed stroke. Ultimately, doctors must diagnose and treat strokes, however there are signs that you can be on the lookout for so that you can get medical treatment as soon as possible. The American Stroke Association has come up with the acronym FAST to remind everyone what to watch for.

Face Drooping – Look and see if one side of the face is drooping or if it feels numb. An uneven smile could also be a potential sign of stroke.

Arm Weakness – Check if one arm is weaker than the other or feels numb. When the person raises both arms, look to see if one drifts downwards as this is another sign of possible stroke.

Speech Trouble – When the person talks, take note of if their speech is slurred or if they are hard to understand saying even simple sentences.

Time to call 9-1-1 – If someone you know displays any of the above symptoms, you should call  9-1-1 immediately. Be sure and check the time so that you can tell the doctor how long the symptoms have been present.

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A Hudson woman died on Sunday at a friend’s birthday celebration after she was ejected from the four-wheeler she was driving.

The 23-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies and emergency personnel were called to Whitehurst Pond, east of U.S. 19 near Hexam Road, northwest of Brooksville, just before 5 p.m. to investigate a serious four-wheeler crash.

four-wheelerThe deputies arrived at the location and found that several people were celebrating a birthday on private land that’s marked “no trespassing.”

According to deputies, around 4:30 p.m. the deceased and her cousin got on a four-wheeler and drove along the pond. The woman apparently decided to speed up and hit a bump that caused both women to be thrown from the vehicle.

Another four-wheeler pulled up a short while later, to take the cousin to call for help, but it was too late for the woman.

Investigators believe the group arrived around 11 a.m. to ride four-wheelers in the sand and mud. During the day, most of people present drank a few beers.

The sheriff’s office said the Medical Examiner’s Office is conducting an autopsy, but preliminary reports do not show signs of foul play.

People riding on four-wheelers or ATVs have little to protect them in the event of an accident. These crashes can occur in an instant and result in victims being thrown from the vehicle, crushed beneath the vehicle as it rolls over or endure any number mishaps that deliver life-threatening injuries.

When you are injured on someone else’s property using their four-wheeler or ATV, premises liability laws may apply. This means that the property owner could be held liable for the damages suffered by you or your loved one in the four-wheeler accident. A Hernando County Four-Wheeler & ATV Accident Attorney at Whittel & Melton can investigate the accident site and help you understand how the property owner’s negligence could have contributed to the accident.

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Investigators have determined that a 35-year-old north Florida man and his 15-year-old son ran out of oxygen and died while diving the Eagle Nest Sink cave in Hernando County on Christmas Day.

The bodies of the father and son were found just hours after they went diving.

A sheriff’s office investigation found the father and son died accidentally after diving to 233 feet and using air alone in their tanks.

divingAccording to reports, the men were not certified divers. Experts claim the duo should have used a trimix combination for their breathing instead of just air and shouldn’t have gone deeper than 218 feet due to possible toxic effects.

Investigators believe the pair lost track of time.

Scuba diving accidents can result in a wide range of serious and catastrophic injuries and even death. Underwater explorations can be quite dangerous. In fact, every year, more than 70 divers are killed in scuba diving accidents and hundreds more are injured worldwide. Divers can suffer all types of injuries from neurological harm, including brain damage due to anoxia or asphyxia, type I and type II decompression sickness, air embolisms and drowning.

There are numerous possible causes for scuba diving accidents. The most common include the following:

  • Dive Operator Negligence
  • Inexperience with Equipment
  • Unfamiliarity with Dive Site
  • Boat Run Overs
  • Poor Water Conditions
  • Training Negligence
  • Dive Buddy Negligence

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A 62-year-old Brooksville man walking back across the street from his mailbox was struck by a car and killed Friday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The man was walking across Country Road 493, north of Sun Road, back to his residence around 9:45 p.m. when a 1999 Chevrolet Lumina struck him. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

mailboxThe driver of the Lumina, a 50-year-old Brooksville man, apparently failed to see the man and was unable to avoid contact, according to troopers. The driver was not harmed.

The FHP said charges are pending.

People die every day throughout the United States due to the reckless or careless actions of other motorists. The law provides for the immediate family of people killed through the fault of another person to file a wrongful death claim so they can be compensated for their loss. While there is no amount of money that can replace your lost loved one, it is important to hold the careless party that caused the death of another accountable for their actions. A wrongful death lawsuit can earn you the just compensation you need to provide financial security to your family during a challenging time.

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A 6-year-old girl was injured Thursday after the car she was getting out of was struck by another vehicle in Spring Hill.

The crash occurred at 8:17 a.m. on State Road 50 just east of Amelia Drive, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

school busThe FHP claims the 6-year-old girl was getting out of a 1999 Toyota Corolla parked about 40 feet off the shoulder of State Road 50 so she could walk to the school bus, when at the same time, a 32-year-old woman driving a 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis crashed into the Corolla.

Investigators claim the woman failed to see the stopped school bus, which had flashing red lights and stop signs deployed. She managed to avoid colliding into the school bus, but lost control of the Grand Marquis. The car spun clockwise off the highway and onto the grass shoulder, where it smashed into the Corolla just as the young girl was exited the vehicle.

The 6-year-old was taken to Tampa General Hospital with minor injuries.

No one else suffered any harm.

The driver of the 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis was cited for careless driving.

It is never easy to see someone you love in pain or suffering from a car accident. However, it can be extremely hard to endure when you know the pain was caused by another driver’s recklessness or carelessness. All licensed drivers have an obligation to exercise safety on the roadways and drive sensibly. When someone blatantly disregards this responsibility and it results in someone else’s injury, it is especially maddening.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has revealed that seat belt use in 2013 reached 87 percent, which is statistically unchanged from 86 percent in 2012.

The survey was conducted by the National Occupant Protection Use Survey, otherwise known as (NOPUS).

The highlights from the 2013 survey include:

  • Seat belt use for drivers and passengers involved in heavy traffic increased significantly from 89 percent in 2012 to 90 percent in 2013.
  • Seat belt use for drivers and passengers in the Northeast increased significantly from 80 percent in 2012 to 84 percent in 2013.
  • Seat belt use was found to be higher in states where vehicle occupants can be pulled over for not wearing safety restraints as compared to states with weaker or without seat belt laws.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has revealed that seat belt use in 2013 reached 87 percent.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has revealed that seat belt use in 2013 reached 87 percent.

While serious injuries from a car accident can occur regardless of whether a seat belt is worn or not, statistics do show that using a seat belt can reduce the risk of serious bodily harm or death. According to the NHTSA, the use of seat belts in 2012 saved 12,174 lives. It is estimated that during the 5-year-period from 2008 to 2012, seat belts have saved 63,000 lives. In addition to those lives saved in 2012 from seat belt use, another 284 lives were saved by child safety restraints. NHTSA estimates conclude that an additional 3,031 lives would have been saved in 2012 if all unrestrained vehicle occupants ages 5 and older involved in fatal car crashes had worn their seat belts.

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Fred & Friends is recalling 200,000 pacifiers due to the risk that a baby using one could choke.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Thursday that young children should stop using the pacifiers immediately.

Currently, no injuries have been reported.


Fred & Friends is recalling 200,000 pacifiers due to the risk that a baby using one could choke.

The CPSC recalled three different pacifiers. The first recall is the Chill Baby Artiste Pacifier that has an attached plastic mustache and beard, which can break off. The second, the Chill Baby Volume Control Pacifier, contains a volume knob that can detach. For this pacifier, the ventilation holes are smaller than federal regulators require. The last of the pacifiers recalled is the Chill Baby Panic Button Pacifier, which also has ventilation holes that are too small.

An estimated 183,000 pacifiers are being recalled in the U.S. and 17,000 in Canada. According to the CPSC, the pacifiers were sold in department stores, toy stores, hospital and museum gift shops, as well as other retailers from last April through December.

Consumers can return the pacifiers for a $12 refund by calling (855) 346-6372 or going online at fredandfriends.com.

Fred & Friends has received one report of the knob on the volume pacifier coming off.

The company recalled around 57,000 baby rattles last June that also posed a choking risk.

This is not the first time a company has recalled a pacifier for a choking  hazard. Last week, Playtex recalled 1.4 million pacifier holders due to the risk of small children choking if a part of the clip broke off.

Product manufacturers, like Fred & Friends and Playtex, have a legal duty to make sure that their products are safe for use and will not seriously injure those that use them. While there are a plethora of baby products currently on the market, the sad reality is that many of these threaten the wellbeing of children who use or come into contact with  them.

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Workers installing a light pole in Hernando County last week were shocked after the pole smashed into a power line and fell.

The incident took place around 11 a.m. at the intersection of Commercial Way and Cortez Boulevard, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.

A total of five workers were installing the pole. Four were on the ground guiding the pole into position and one was operating a boom truck.

According to reports, as the boom operator was lowering the pole to the ground, a strap broke sending the pole directly into the power line.

workers electrocuted.jpgBoth the pole and the power line fell to the ground, shocking the workers.

Two workers were taken to Bayonet Point Hospital as trauma alerts. Another two were taken to Oak Hill Hospital with minor injuries. The fifth worker declined medical attention.

No further information is available at this time regarding the incident or the workers’ conditions.

When electricity or an electrical charge makes contact with a construction worker’s body, the current can flow into or through the body. When an electrical current flows through the body, it can result in rather serious burns. Moreover, it can also disturb the body’s natural electrical signals, causing cardiac arrest and even death. High-voltage electrocution can lead to traumatic brain injuries, loss of consciousness, spinal cord trauma, amputation, respiratory failure and muscle damage.

Electrical injuries can happen anytime and are actually quite a common occurrence on construction sites. If you or someone you love has suffered the intense pain of an electric shock in Spring Hill, Brooksville, Ridge Manor, Weeki Wachee, Hernando Beach or Masaryktown, a Hernando County Electrocution Attorney at Whittel & Melton can help you determine if you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation for damages.

The scariest thing about an electrical accident is that it can result in many different types of injuries, ranging in severity. The most common injuries associated with electric shock include:

• Broken bones

• Brain Damage

• Permanent and Painful Burns

• Complete Muscle and Nerve Damage

• Soft Tissue Injuries

• Ventricular Fibrillation

• Muscle Strains or Tears

• Paralysis or Disability

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According to a new study published by the New England Journal of Medicine, when teenagers eat or talk to others while driving they are more likely to become involved in an accident than adult drivers partaking in the same activities.

The newly released research shows that while many teens start out extra cautious when they first get their driver’s license, they tend to start multitasking after just a few months behind the wheel.

The study also found that while older drivers can handle eating or talking while driving, which can still trip up novice motorists, dialing a cell phone increases the risk of accidents among all drivers, both young and old.

teen driver betch.jpgWithin just six short months of getting their licenses, young drivers participating in this study started texting, eating and playing with the dials on the radio while driving as much as more experienced adult drivers. But experts say that it takes thousands of hours of practice to get good at driving, and this disconnect could explain why accident rates among teen drivers are so high.

The researchers involved in this study compared data from two small studies, one that tracked 42 newly licensed young drivers and one that monitored 100 drivers with more experience.

All of the participants had sensors and cameras installed in their vehicles. These sensors allowed researchers to track when drivers got into accidents or close calls. Researchers then watched the videos to see what the drivers were doing just before the accidents occurred.

The study ignored any collisions caused by drunk driving and accidents clearly caused by other motorists.

Due to the small number of people involved in this study, researchers noted that the results will have to be verified by other research. However, there are already a few larger studies in the works, including one that is tracking more than 2,000 drivers, which could make things clearer when it comes to teen driver distraction.

The data confirmed that for both teenage drivers and adults, talking on a cell phone did not cause accidents. But when both groups were dialing on a cell phone, this increased the risk of an accident. Researchers claim this is because you can still be looking at the forward roadway when you are just talking on a cell phone, but when you dial or text you must look away from the road, which is much riskier.

In today’s busy world, multitasking has become a way of life. People multitask at work, at home and even when they get behind the wheel of a car. The use of electronic devices and cell phones while driving has become a very serious hazard on the roadways over the past decade. As this study shows, even older and more experienced drivers can become distracted by texting or dialing on a cell phone, increasing the risk for serious or fatal auto accidents.

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Officials with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission recovered two bodies on Christmas Day of a father and son who went missing after diving in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Refuge near Weeki Wachee in Hernando County, Florida.

The father and son apparently received new dive equipment as Christmas gifts and went to Eagle’s Nest Sink before noon to dive.

The man’s fiancé was unable to reach him, so she notified law enforcement around 3:00 p.m.

Emergency workers found the bodies inside underwater caves around 8:30 p.m.

scuba diving betch.jpgThe 35-year-old father was certified to dive, but was not certified for cave diving, according to reports. His 15-year-old son was not certified to dive.

Eagle’s Nest Sink, also known as Lost Sink, is a large cave system near Weeki Wachee. Most consider this an advanced dive due to the depths found there as well as the long distances to find help near the location.

Cave diving is considered to be one of the most dangerous sports in the world. There are many obstacles that contribute to this notion, including the fact that divers cannot swim to the surface in case of an emergency. Rather, divers must often navigate a maze of passage ways to get back to the surface. Sadly, diving accidents can lead to substantial injuries, near drowning and in many cases, death.

Near drowning or drowning deaths are often preventable diving tragedies that are usually the result of faulty equipment, bad judgment, inadequate training or insufficient supervision. While it is unknown what exactly happened in this father and son diving disaster, if negligence can be established, a wrongful death lawsuit could provide these victims’ families the opportunity to gain financial compensation to help cover funeral and other expenses related to the death of their loved ones.

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