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.

There are more cooking-related fires on Thanksgiving Day than on any other day of the year, according to the State Farm insurance agency. That means that the number of fires on Thanksgiving is more than double than any other day in November.

The National Fire Protection Association estimates that turkey deep fryers account for more than 1,000 home fires during the holiday and these fires produce more than $15 million in property damage. Moreover, fires have the ability to deliver severe burns and injuries. Our Hernando County Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton want to help your family enjoy a safe and injury-free holiday, which is why we have compiled the following safety tips:

How to Safely Fry Your Thanksgiving Turkey

  • Place the fryer a safe distance from any structures, trees, or wooden components such as a deck or patio. Never use a turkey fryer indoors!
  • Fill the fryer to the recommended level and then lower the thawed turkey into the cold oil to ensure that you have enough oil. If you have too much, just remove the excess.
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before you place it in the fryer.
  • Turn off the fuel source before you lower the thawed turkey into the hot oil.
  • Do not marinade the turkey prior to frying it
  • Never leave your bird unattended in the fryer.
  • Have a fire extinguisher nearby when frying a turkey and never use water to extinguish a grease fire!
  • DO NOT add water or ice to the oil to try and cool it down once the turkey is done cooking!

Additional Safety Tips for Cooking Thanksgiving Feasts

While not everybody fries a turkey on Thanksgiving, this doesn’t mean that there can’t be other cooking mishaps during the holiday. All holiday chefs should take note of the following:

  • Refrain from wearing loose clothing when cooking.
  • Keep cooking surfaces clean and free from grease.
  • Keep kids and pets out of the kitchen while preparing and cooking food
  • Make sure all flammable items, like oven mitts, kitchen towels, and pot holders away from the stove top.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen where it can be easily reached in an emergency.
  • Check all of your home’s smoke detectors and ensure that they have  fresh batteries and are working properly
  • Make sure you turn everything off in the kitchen, like stovetops and ovens, before you sit down to dinner.

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Multiple cars were involved in a collision on U.S. 19 in Hernando County Sunday, resulting in three people, including two children, injured.

The crash occurred just north of Glenn Lakes Boulevard.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol release, the crash happened around 2:20 p.m. A 63-year-old woman was turning left into the intersection of U.S. 19 and Happy Days Drive, and the turn took her into the path of another oncoming car.

The second car, driven by a 33-year-old man collided with the left front of the woman’s car. The man and his two passengers, an 11-year-old and an 8-year-old, all suffered injuries in the crash.

The 11-year-old and her father were transported to Bayonet Point Hospital, while the 8-year-old was transported to Tampa General Hospital. No further information has been released on their condition.

According to Hernando County Fire Rescue, the crash was so severe a Bayflite helicopter had to be called to the scene.

The woman was not harmed in the crash, according to reports.

The investigation is ongoing.

Auto accidents can be devastating, but when multiple vehicles are involved these accidents can be further complicated. When a highway pile-up or intersection accident occurs, it can be difficult to determine fault of each party and liability for injuries. These motor vehicle collisions can cause catastrophic  injuries and tragic fatalities that can place heavy emotional, physical and financial burdens on any victims and their families.

If you or someone you love has been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a Hernando County Auto Accident, in order to secure the financial compensation that you deserve, you need legal assistance. Our Hernando County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can handle negotiations with the insurance companies and even initiate an injury or wrongful death lawsuit if necessary to recover compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages and other types of damages.

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Two types of Oreo Fudge Cremes are being recalled because the ingredient line failed to list milk allergen.

Mondelez Global LLC said on Friday that it is voluntarily recalling the Original and Mint varieties of Oreo Fudge Cremes. The recall includes the United States and some territories, including Puerto Rico.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the product, the company said.

As of Friday, one report of an allergic reaction had been received related to the “Best When Used By” dates listed below.

Consumers should discard any products they may have. For more information about the recall, call the company at 1-855-535-5948, 24 hours a day.

Description Retail UPC Best When Used By Dates
Oreo Fudge Cremes, Original variety (11.3 oz package) 0 44000 02694 3 19 AUG 16

20 AUG 16

14 SEP 16

13 OCT 16

14 OCT 16

17 OCT 16

(see code date on bottom left corner on back of package)

Oreo Fudge Cremes, Mint variety (11.3 oz. package) 0 44000 02696 7 20 AUG 16

21 AUG 16

14 SEP 16

15 SEP 16

16 SEP 16

17 OCT 16

18 OCT 16 (see code date on bottom left corner on back of package)

Food recalls occur almost daily. The bad news about food recalls is that most of the product is recalled only after people have fallen ill. If you feel that you have suffered due to a food recall in Spring Hill or Brooksville, our Hernando County Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help.

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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.

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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