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.

Hurricane Ida has left Louisiana and the Gulf Coast without power, roads blocked, and no running water or sewage for what could be days to weeks. Many are still unable to return to their homes and wondering what could be next for them. Hurricane Larry is next in line and the East Coast is expected to see severe swells. Our Hernando County Hurricane Lawyers at Whittel & Melton encourage everyone to keep up with weather alerts and have plan ready in case of an emergency.

At the start of every hurricane season in June the National Weather Service names the hurricanes for the season alphabetically. The letter “I,” is the ninth letter of the alphabet so that means Ida was the ninth storm of the season, and “L” is up next with Hurricane Larry. Just like Hurricane Ida, Hurricane Larry is anticipated to bring major damage. Hurricane Larry will be the third major hurricane that is a Category 3 or higher, following Hurricane Grace and of course, Hurricane Ida. Just like Ida, Larry is growing more intense rather quickly, gaining 35 mph in wind speed in 24 hours or less. It is expected that Larry will brush Canada by the weekend and bring disturbances later in the week to

northern Florida and southern Georgia. Hurricane Ida quickly went from a Category 1 Hurricane to a Category 4 Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, which does not leave people with enough time to properly protect themselves from a storm that increased from 85 mph to 150 mph in less than 24 hours.

A recent motorcycle vs. SUV collision in Spring Hill resulted in the tragic death of a 27-year-old man. 

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 27-year-old Spring Hill man was riding a motorcycle when he collided with another man driving an SUV. The FHP alleges the motorcyclist was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic. 

The biker was taken to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries, but passed away. The driver of the SUV was not harmed. 

Elder abuse happens more often than you may think, and often goes unreported. Sadly, at least 5 million senior citizens suffer from elder abuse every year in the United States, according to the National Council on Aging (NCOA). 1 in 10 senior citizens over the age of 60 suffer from abuse, and only 1 in 14 cases are reported to police. The elderly that have suffered abuse are at a 300% higher risk of death compared to those 60+ that have not been harmed or mistreated. 

What Constitutes Elderly Abuse? 

Elder abuse can be many things, including: 

2020 is one of the most active storm seasons ever in the waters around the State of Florida, the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea.


Florida Property insurance policies typically have two deductibles. A standard deductible for most losses; and a hurricane deductible. The standard “Other Perils” deductible is for pretty much anything covered by the policy, such as fire, pipe bursts and appliance related water damage claims, or windstorms, etc. The hurricane deductible only applies to named Hurricanes. The last major hurricane to hit Florida was Hurricane Michael in the panhandle on October 10, 2018; and more recently in the western portions of the Florida panhandle for Hurricane Sally on September 16, 2020, and Hurricane Zeta on October 28, 2020. Hurricane deductibles are typically 2 or 3 percent of the limit of the insurance for the home which is a lot higher than the standard deductible for all other claims. The Eta storm of November 2020 started off in South Florida counties like Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County as a Tropical Storm (not a hurricane). But as storms in Florida do, things changed, and the weather system chased west back into the Gulf of Mexico where it was reclassified as a Hurricane for a short period of time before heading back to the Nature Coast across Florida again as a Tropical Storm.

key-west-81664_1920-1-300x199DON’T GET FOOLED BY YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY!

First, an insurer may rush to slap a hurricane deductible on your claim when it should not apply because a Tropical Storm is not a hurricane. Second (and this is really the most important!), Insurers in Florida have often told their customers after a storm that unless they absolutely know that their damage is more than their hurricane deductible, then they should not even put in a claim. There are many reasons why this is terrible advice and a bad business practice by insurance companies. As the policyholder, it is not your job to know the exact amount of damage you have in the weeks following a severe storm. You also may discover that the storm caused much more damage than you initially thought or could see in the days following the hurricane. Many Floridians have fallen for the insurers gambit only to attempt to make their claims later on and be told its too late to make the claim.

If you believe you have Hurricane or Tropical Storm damage from any of these strong weather systems that brought havoc to Florida, please call us and we can assist you in determining which deductible applies, assist you with determining the actual extent of the damage to your home, and provide needed guidance through the process with your insurance company.

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labor-day-1628502_1280-300x212Labor Day weekend is upon us and since it is one of the busiest holidays across the United States, our Hernando County Car Crash Attorneys at Whittel & Melton wanted to remind motorists of some important safety tips. Since most people have Labor Day off, many will attend a social gathering of some sort like a family backyard barbecue or a pool party with friends. More social gatherings mean more people are out on the roads. Traffic congestion combined with an increase in alcohol consumption can result in Labor Day car wrecks. And while this year Labor Day looks a bit different with the novel coronavirus still lingering over us, it is still best to prepare for the possibility of increased traffic accidents. 

Our Hernando County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton have compiled a few travel tips to keep you and your loved ones safe this Labor Day weekend. 

Drive Defensively 

This is very important for staying accident free this Labor Day weekend. We urge you to be aware of congested roads, especially in the afternoon and evening hours. Since we know traffic will likely be increased, it may be best to travel to your destination earlier in the morning before more motorists get out and about. Make sure you go the posted speed limits – there will be more law enforcement patrolling the roadways during the holiday weekend. 

Since we know there will likely be more people on the roads, plan your travel time and adjust if needed. Your usual 20 minute drive could now be 40 minutes, so give yourself some extra time and leave 10-20 minutes early so you are not feeling rushed to get to your holiday outing. 

Don’t Get Frustrated 

Road rage is a real thing, but you do not want to let your anger take over when you are behind the wheel of a car. Do not let another driver’s actions take your mind off the most important task at hand – getting where you need to go safely. If you need to pull over and scream, do so until your agitation subsides. If you do need to pull over, just remember to keep your car away from the right-hand lane and put it in park. Take some slow, deep breaths in and out and shake off those angry feelings before you head back out on the road. 

Do Not Drink and Drive

While this may seem like a real no-brainer, drunk driving accidents still happen at alarming rates. Do not drive anywhere if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs (this includes prescription pills and over the counter meds that may affect your ability to drive safely.) On this same note, do not drive while hungover or on little sleep as you want to be well rested so that you can focus on the road. 

Check the Children 

With the holiday hustle and bustle it can be easy to forget about your precious cargo. You want all your passengers to stay safe, so ensure that everyone in your car is safely buckled in, this includes making sure children are securely strapped in to car seats that are appropriate for their age, height, and weight.

Contact Our Hernando County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton

Our Hernando County Car Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton are available 24/7 to help you after you or someone you love have been involved in a serious car accident. We will be here to investigate your crash and fight to get you financial compensation for personal injuries, property damages, and other losses that go hand in hand with collisions that are caused by a reckless or negligent driver. 

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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) issued a report in June 2020 regarding fireworks-related fires. Their findings show that in 2018, 19,500 fires were started by fireworks, resulting in 5 deaths, 46 injuries, and $105 million in property damage.

On that same note, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently released its Fireworks Annual Report that shows 10,000 people were hospitalized last year due to fireworks-related injuries. Their reports show that over a third of the injury victims in 2019 were young children. Twelve deaths were reported from fireworks in that same year. 

And while fireworks were made legal this year on three holidays: Fourth of July, New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve, most people fail to think about property damage and injuries over holiday weekends. While fireworks are associated with fun and celebration, most people fail to think about their potential to cause devastating injuries, burns, fires, and even death. Something as simple as lighting off a bottle rocket or Roman candle could easily lead to a house fire, and not just your own home, but a neighbor’s house as well. It is important to remember that these situations can be avoided by erring on the side of caution. 

Homeowner’s or renter’s insurance may have you covered if a house fire is accidentally started by legal fireworks. However, if you are using illegal fireworks, you can expect your claim to be denied. Using illegal fireworks could place you on the line personally for any damage that results. One mistake with an illegal cherry bomb, M-80, M-100, or silver salute could mean you are now solely on the hook for rebuilding your home and replacing all of your belongings. 

You may be wondering what would happen if your home caught fire due to someone else’s illegal fireworks or firecrackers. In instances like these, your homeowner’s insurance or renter’s insurance should cover these claims. It is always a good idea to double check your insurance policy and contact your insurance provider to make sure you understand all of your coverages. 

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virus-4931227_1920-300x200Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville has a new visitor policy in effect now. This is a direct result of the increase in the spread of COVID-19 in the communities of Brookville, Spring Hill, and throughout the state of Florida. 

Our Hernando County Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton have compiled everything you need to know should you need to go to the hospital. 

Currently there are no visitors allowed at Inpatient Units, but exceptions can be made after approval from the hospital Administrator on Call (AOC) for:

child-2742380_1280-300x213It’s a beautiful day out and your kids have been cooped up because of the novel coronavirus. They want to take their bikes out and go for a spin! Before you get their bikes out of the garage and ready to go, our Hernando County Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton want to make sure you know how to teach them to be safe on two wheels. 

Riding a bike is loads of fun, but every year, thousands of children end up in the emergency room due to bike-related injuries. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2017, the state of Florida had 125 fatal bicycle accidents – the most in any state. In 2018, 825 bicyclists were killed in traffic crashes across the United States. 

Helmets Are A Must 

Children and adults should always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle. This offers protection to your face, head, and brain if you fall down. Bike helmets should display a sticker by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which tells us that the helmet meets the safety standards set forth by the U.S. government. If your helmet does not have this safety sticker, you should promptly consider purchasing one that does. 

You should wear a helmet every time you ride your back, regardless of how long or short the distance. You want to make sure that your helmet fits well and that you are wearing it correctly. It should cover your forehead and not tip back. The straps should be fastened every time you wear it. You should not wear a hat underneath your helmet. You want to keep your helmet in great condition, so do not knock it around. If it becomes damaged, it may not protect you from serious injuries should you fall or get knocked off your bicycle. If you fall and hit your helmet while biking, you will want to get a new one. It is a great idea to add some reflective stickers to your helmet so that motorists can see you better. 

Bicycle Safety Checklist 

You need the right size bike to maximize safety. To check the correct size, stand straddling the top bar of your bicycle with both feet flat and firm on the ground. There should be 1 to 3 inches of space between your body and the top bar of the bike. 

Once you know you have the perfect fit, make sure the seat, wheels, and handlebars are all tight. Monitor your chain and oil regularly for maintenance, and check your brakes to make sure they are not sticking. Lastly, make sure your tires are well inflated and have the right amount of pressure. 

Rules to Remember When Bicycling 

  • Ride with your hands firmly on the handlebars at all times.  
  • When you leave your driveway or curb, remember to always look in both traffic directions before riding away. 
  • Always cross at intersections for the best visibility. 
  • Do not ride against traffic. You want to ride on the right-hand side of the road and travel in the same direction as cars do. 
  • If you have bike lanes, use them. 
  • Obey all traffic signals. 
  • If you are riding with your friends, ride in a single-file. 
  • If you are passing another biker or a person on the street, always pass on their left side and let them know you are on their left so that they are aware you are approaching. 

How to Signal

Hand signals help motorists and pedestrians understand what you are doing so that they do not hit you. You want to use your left arm for all signals: 

  • Left turn – Check behind you first and then hold your arm out straight and to the left and pull forward slowly. 
  • Stop – Again, check behind you first. Then, bend your elbow while pointing your arm down making an upside down shape that looks like an “L” and stop. 
  • Right turn – Check behind you, make an “L” shape with your bent elbow, and ride straight ahead of you slowly. 

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kids-1567990_1920-300x225Experts have concluded that drowning deaths among children this year have doubled when compared to previous years. Why is that? The experts believe the pandemic is responsible for this uptick. 

According to doctors at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, they have seen 18 drowning deaths between March and May. This is a huge jump as in the past years within that same time frame, there have been only 7 deaths. 

The doctors attribute being “stuck” at home as the problem. Most infant and child drowning deaths happen at home in a child’s own pool, bathtub, hot tub, or other body of water in their home. So, with more children being at home, the opportunities for a drowning mishap go up. 

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office has released an update on a woman in her mid-60s who was attacked by a pack of dogs last week.

Officials say over the weekend the woman was airlifted from Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point to a Manatee County hospital where she will receive specialized treatment for her wounds. 

The woman is listed in critical condition.

On Friday, officials said four large dogs got out of a home at 11079 Mayflower Road and attacked a woman walking her dog. According to the report, the dogs initially went after the woman’s small dog but turned on the woman after she picked up her dog to protect it.

Officials said the victim’s dog was not injured in the attack and is being cared for by a family member.

The four dogs, plus another large dog at the home, were removed by Animal Enforcement Officers. There were six dogs total that resided at the home. The sixth was a Pomeranian.

The 5th dog, a terrier mix, was confirmed by witnesses to not have been involved in the attack and was released back to the owner. However, officials say it is unknown if the owner retrieved the dog yet. 

The dogs involved in the attack were “owner surrendered” to Hernando County Animal Services, with euthanasia forms completed.

The three owners of the dogs involved received Civil Citations for the following: 

  • Animal Bite
  • Unrestrained Animal
  • Unvaccinated Animal
  • Unlicensed Animal

According to the sheriff’s office, had other people not intervened in the attack, the woman would not have survived.

Several neighborhood residents rushed over to try to stop the dog attack, which was still in progress when first responders arrived. Fire rescue personnel helped the residents get the dogs off the woman.

Two of those good Samaritans were also injured and transported to a hospital. A few others incurred minor injuries and refused medical treatment.

One of the residents whose fiance got bitten while trying to stop the attack said it looked like they were eating her alive.

The investigation remains ongoing.

It is a simple fact of life that dogs bite. In fact, dogs bite nearly 5 million people a year in the U.S. About 800,000 Americans each year seek medical attention for wounds from dog bites, and 386,000 require emergency room treatment. About 16 people die every year after being attacked by a dog. Any dog of any breed can bite someone. A dog bite can be anything from a nip to a traumatic attack that results in serious injuries and even death. When a serious injury occurs from a dog bite or dog attack, the victim has every reason to hold the dog’s owner accountable by seeking financial compensation for all medical expenses, pain and suffering and other harm caused by the bite.

According to dog bite statistics from the CDC, approximately 885,000 dog bite victims require medical attention for their injuries.

The most common victims of dog bite attacks are:

  • Children ages 5-9
  • Elderly people
  • Post letter carriers

According to the CDC, dogs most often bite a person’s arm, hand, leg, foot, head or neck. Common injuries in dog attacks include:

  • Cuts, bruises and scratches
  • Puncture wounds
  • Tearing 
  • Dislocations
  • Fractures
  • Amputations
  • Head and skull injuries

Anyone who has been seriously injured in a dog bite attack deserves financial compensation. Many victims are reluctant to pursue legal action because they fear the money will come out of a friend or neighbor’s pocket. However, the compensation recovered in a dog bite claim almost always comes from the dog owner’s insurance, through their homeowners’ insurance or business liability insurance. 

Our Hernando County Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton are experienced in handling dog bite cases. We can investigate your dog bite case to determine whether the dog’s owner is liable and calculate the financial compensation you may be entitled to receive for your suffering. We work with a team of medical experts and investigators who are dedicated to uncovering favorable evidence in your case. We will explain every step of the legal process and help you make informed decisions about your case. Our top priority is making sure you recover and receive the full and fair compensation you deserve.

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