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.

A cancer diagnosis can be very difficult news and something that is life changing. Perhaps the only thing harder to fathom than being diagnosed with cancer is finding out that your cancer was not properly diagnosed and you have had a delay in treatment. A cancer diagnosis is very serious and when your doctor is able to find it and accurately diagnose it, they can get you proper treatment with the hopes of fighting the cancer and extending the longevity of your life. Sadly, cancer misdiagnoses happen all the time.

Why Are Cancer Misdiagnosis’ So Common?

Many things can result in a misdiagnosis. The most common cause usually starts with a misread tissue sample from the pathology department. Other common causes of misdiagnosis are symptom confusions that are linked to other ailments when they are actually signs of cancer. This is why it can be very important to get a second opinion if you are experiencing any health concerns. Whether your initial diagnosis is positive or negative, you have the right to get more than one doctor’s opinion.

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When it comes to beating/treating cancer, early detection is crucial. The most common misdiagnosed cancers are lymphoma, breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, and skin cancers.

When a doctor has misdiagnosed your cancer, they have kept you from getting the treatment that you desperately need to survive. Sadly, a misdiagnosis can mean a treatable early-stage cancer has now moved on to a more late-stage or possible terminal cancer.

No matter what stage your cancer has been diagnosed, it is vital to get treatment as soon as you learn about your diagnosis. Speak to your doctor about your options, and as we mentioned previously, get a second opinion. Even if you like your doctor and feel they are competent, a second opinion is still a good idea as diagnostic mistakes are very common among medical professionals.

What Steps to Take Following a Cancer Misdiagnosis

If you or a loved one has experienced a cancer misdiagnosis, it is likely that you do not know what you need to do. If you think that your healthcare provider was negligent and breached their duty of care, then you should contact our Hernando County Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Whittel & Melton right away so that we can evaluate your case. Depending on specifics of your case, you may be entitled to financial compensation for medical bills, all expenses related to the misdiagnosis, funeral costs and burial expenses, lost income and more. Continue reading

When you make the decision to place a loved one in the care of a nursing home, you want to be sure that the facility you have selected is providing quality care to their residents. The sad truth is that many nursing homes have staff that will neglect or abuse vulnerable residents left in their care. Our Hernando County Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers at Whittel & Melton want you to keep your eyes open to any of the red flags explained below when you are visiting nursing homes and making your selection. We can help you and your family when a loved one in a nursing home Spring Hill or Brooksville is being mistreated.

  1. wrist-watch-ga9fedbe05_1920-300x125Staff Cannot Answer Your Questions: When you are shopping around for a nursing home, it is an excellent idea to have a list of questions ready for the staff. If they cannot answer your questions, or seem reluctant to answer, then this is a definite red flag. On that some note, if you have a loved one in a nursing home already and have concerns about bedsores, weight loss, or sudden behavioral changes, then this could be a warning sign that your loved one is being mistreated.
  2. Staff is Overwhelmed: If staff members appear to be rushing around and overwhelmed, then this is another red flag. This can mean a facility is understaffed or that their staff is not properly trained to care for their residents. Staff that is chaotic and frenzied can also mean that they lack proper leadership, and that administration is not touching base with staff about patient care.
  3. Turnover Rates are High: This often means that the nursing home does not have adequate staff or perhaps untrained staff. If when you visit your loved one you notice new faces, then this could mean the facility has high staff turnover, which is a big red flag that something is amiss.
  4. Staff Interactions with Residents are Concerning: If you notice a staff member yelling at or treating a resident unkindly, then this is a huge red flag that something bad is happening. If they are treating a resident badly, then this means that they could do the same to your loved one. Similarly, if you notice call lights on for lengthy periods of time or if your loved one says that they do not want to be cared for by a specific staff member, then this is definitely a warning sign for abuse or neglect.

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In June 2021, Philips CPAP, BiPAP and ventilator machines were recalled for potentially toxic foam called PE-PUR that could degrade and be inhaled or ingested by users resulting in serious damage to the nervous system and other organs and even cause cancer.

Philips began replacing their nearly 15 million devices that were recalled in September 2021. But now the FDA has flagged another issue with the replacement foam.

Philips started replacing the PE-PUR foam with a silicone-based foam, and the FDA has now said that the silicone foam used in a device outside of the United States has failed a safety test for what is called volatile organic compounds or VOCs.

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The agency has ordered Philips to conduct independent testing on their new silicone-based foam and will inform the public of the results when they become available.

The FDA has also said that people who have already received their replacement devices should not stop using them.

What Devices Have Been Recalled?

  • E30 (Emergency Use Authorization)
  • DreamStation ASV
  • DreamStation (ST, AVAPS)
  • SystemOne (ASV4)
  • C Series (ASV, S/T, AVAPS)
  • OmniLab Advanced Plus (In-Lab Titration Device)
  • SystemOne (Q Series)
  • DreamStation (CPAP, Auto CPAP, BiPAP)
  • DreamStation GO (CPAP, APAP)
  • Dorma 400,500 (CPAP)
  • REMStar SE Auto (CPAP)
  • Trilogy100
  • Trilogy 200
  • A-Series BiPAP Hybrid (A30) – not marketed in the United States
  • A-Series BiPAP V30 (Auto)
  • Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVent
  • A-Series BiPAP A40
  • A-Series BiPAP A30

If you have used any of the above recalled devices and suffered from asthma and asthma attacks, upper respiratory infections, migraines, nausea and vomiting, whooping cough, or lung and kidney cancer, then there could be a connection. You may very well be entitled to file a lawsuit against Philips for financial compensation through a personal injury claim or by joining a class action lawsuit. Let our Hernando County Phillips CPAP, BiPAP and Ventilator Machines Device Recall Lawyers at Whittel & Melton help you understand your rights.

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Lawsuits are starting to flood in seeking compensation for injuries and illnesses linked to Philips manufactured defective devices. Our Philips CPAP Machine Recall Lawyers at Whittel & Melton are here to help you recover just compensation from using a dangerous breathing machine developed by Philips. You may be eligible to recover money for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We can manage your case on your behalf and make sure that you get what you are fairly entitled to under the law. Continue reading

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.

STORM DEDUCTIBLE CONFUSION?!

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.

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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.

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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:

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