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.

As more than 100 fires burn in the state of Florida, the Florida Forest Service and Hernando County Injury Lawyers Whittel & Melton want to remind everyone of good fire prevention techniques. Dirt bike and ATV riders, in particular, need to be on alert.

Riders should have a spark arrestor to minimize the risk of sparks flying from the muffler. Arrestors often come standard on ATV’s (all-terrain vehicles). The arrestor goes inside the muffler and it has chambers, so if a spark was to come through the motor and through the pipe, it wouldn’t make it out the pipe.

Any off-roading vehicle that enters an area run by the Florida Forest Service is required to have spark arrestors installed.

The Forest Service also encourages people to not park their cars on dry grass, because a car’s catalytic converter can get extremely hot and spark a fire.

All-terrain vehicles come in many shapes and sizes: three wheeler’s, four wheeler’s, six wheeler’s, work ATV’s, utility ATV’s, 4-wheel drive utility ATV’s, golf cars, sport ATV’s, side by sides, sand rail, dune buggy, and many other varieties. Regardless of what they are called, the dangers are very real.

Even when all safety precautions are followed, ATVs can present dangers. If you or a family member has been involved in an accident resulting in injury or wrongful death, our Hernando County ATV Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you understand if you have a legitimate claim for compensation.

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Did you know that it takes about five seconds, on average, to read or send a text? That is not a lot of time, but in that amount of time, a serious accident can occur that can take a life, possible even your own.

While taking your eyes of the road for 5 seconds does not seem like much, a vehicle travelling 55 miles per hour can travel the length of a football field in that time span. In 2015, distracted driving killed 3,477 people on America’s roads.

During April’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, NHTSA is partnering with state and local law enforcement across the country to remind everyone about the dangers of distracted driving. If you’re caught texting and driving you’ll be pulled over and ticketed because you’re putting your life and others sharing the roadway in danger.

When you are behind the wheel, phones, iPads, tablets and other gadgets can seem irresistible. However, this is a habit that has to be broken in order to save lives. Place your devices out of reach so you won’t be tempted. You can even set away messages on your phone to let people know that you are driving and will text/call them back later.

Distracted driving is so much more than electronic distractions. It’s anything you’re doing behind the wheel that takes your eyes and mind away from safe driving, including eating and drinking, toying with the music or the A/C, or even just checking yourself out in the mirror.

Our Hernando County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton want to remind you to make positive changes during April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Before you start the car, recommit yourself to drowning out distractions and focusing solely on the road ahead. You will save yourself the cost of a ticket and you could even save a life.

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An 82-year-old woman was hit and killed early Thursday morning while walking across a road in Hernando County.

The accident happened around 6:13 a.m. on Barclay Avenue and Spring Hill Drive.

Troopers believe a vehicle driven by a 40-year-old woman was traveling southbound on Barclay Avenue when a pedestrian crossed westbound on Barclay Avenue. The car’s left side struck the pedestrian, an 82-year-old woman.

She was transported to Bayonet Point Medical Center where she died from her injuries.

Troopers are still investigating the incident.

In pedestrian accidents that lead to serious bodily injuries or death, the person responsible for the accident may be held liable for the injuries that a person suffers, regardless of if they are held criminally responsible for the accident.

Our Hernando County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton know the stress and financial difficulties that come when a loved one is unexpectedly taken from you. While we cannot bring your loved one back, we can promise to fight for the compensation that you deserve.

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Window Safety Week in April comes with the arrival of spring as this is the time when most people want to open their home windows and let the fresh air in.

Window safety week aims to target two things: understand how windows can be used in escaping a fire or other emergency and to learn to safeguard against accidental window falls.

Windows have saved many lives when used as emergency escape routes. In the event of a house fire, you want to be prepared. The following can be a good checklist for your family:

  • Make sure windows are not nailed or painted shut
  • Never install air conditioners in windows that need to be used for escape routes
  • Make sure window guards, security bars, grilles or grates have a working release mechanism
  • Keep emergency escape ladders in second- or third-story bedrooms and make sure everyone in the household knows how to use them

It only takes seconds for a window fall to happen. Window falls are entirely preventable and occur more frequently in urban areas. You may not be aware, but window falls account for about eight deaths and 3,300 injuries among children 5 and younger each year.

April 3-9 is officially Window Safety Week, and our Hernando County Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton encourage you to be safe and practice window safety year-round. The lives of your loved ones could depend on it.

We have compiled a list to help you prevent unnecessary window falls:

  • Keep in mind that insect screens do not support the weight of a child
  • Do not leave children unattended around open windows, whether they have a screen or not
  • Windows that are within a child’s reach should stay closed
  • Do not put furniture in front of windows as children can climb on furniture and possibly fall from an open window
  • Refrain from putting a child’s play area near a window, balcony or patio

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A Brooksville woman was arrested Friday, January 20, in connection to a New Year’s Day hit and run.

The 22-year-old turned herself in to authorities for a hit and run on January 1 that left an elderly woman in critical condition.

Originally, the woman’s 23-year-old boyfriend was arrested and charged in the hit and run.

According to reports, an elderly woman was riding her motorized wheelchair scooter on Daniel Avenue when she was hit and ejected from the wheelchair.

According to the original report, the boyfriend of the woman charged claimed he attempted to swerve out of the way but was unable to avoid a collision.

The elderly woman received life-threatening injuries and was transported to Tampa General Hospital where she remains in critical condition.

During the investigation the boyfriend admitted to striking the victim and fleeing the scene. He was subsequently charged with leaving the scene of an accident with serious injuries.

Days later, additional information actually revealed the woman was actually driving the vehicle during the hit and run, not her boyfriend.

Officials said the boyfriend took responsibility for the crash to protect his girlfriend.

Both suspects and a third passenger in the vehicle were interviewed and all three admitted that the woman was driving the vehicle when the victim was hit.

The woman is being held in the Hernando County jail on a $15,000 bond.

The boyfriend is now being charged with obstruction, for lying to investigators.

The results of hit and run accidents are usually tragic. The truth is that many of these crashes leave victims suffering significant injuries and even wrongful death. Regardless of the circumstances, if you were injured or lost a loved one in a hit and run collision, our Hernando County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help.

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During the Christmas season there are millions of Americans hitting the road for trips to visit relatives or just getting out of town. However, with so many vehicles on the road, auto accident injuries and even deaths occur at a much higher rate than usual. Because of this, it is important for drivers traveling on Hernando County roads this holiday season to plan ahead in order to make your drive as safe as possible.

The following are some important safety precautions you can take before and during your holiday trip:

Check Weather and Road Conditions

Before setting out, find out what the weather and traffic conditions are like on the route that you will be driving. If you are headed to somewhere with snow and and icy conditions, give yourself plenty of extra time for slow traffic. It might be difficult to find alternate routes, but try to map out the best route for your needs. Have a backup route if necessary; you can never be too cautious, especially if you are not used to driving in snow and icy conditions.

Pack a Safety Kit

In case you are stuck in your vehicle awaiting help in winter conditions, we recommend having an emergency kit ready. All cars should have a safety kit containing emergency equipment, non-perishable food, water, and blankets to stay safe in the cold while waiting for a rescue crew.

Inspect Your Car Before Heading Out

Make sure that all vehicle fluids are at their correct levels, that your tires are properly inflated and that there is no wear and tear on tires or other car parts that may endanger you and your passengers. You might want to take your car into the mechanic before heading out, just to make sure everything is in proper working order.

Use Safe Driving Habits

We encourage you to practice proper driving techniques and follow the rules of the road. One small mistake can lead to a devastating crash in heavy traffic. Many are injured and killed in auto accidents during the holiday season, so it is best to implement safe driving habits which can help prevent you from being involved in such a tragic collision.

Please keep in mind that other drivers are usually the most dangerous obstacle when traveling. Our Hernando County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you if you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence.

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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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