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.

The holidays are here and you will most likely have some parties to attend, if you haven’t already been to 1 or 2. There are office holiday parties, ugly sweater parties, white elephant gift swaps, holiday brunches and of course al the New Year’s Eve extravaganzas.

Just because the holidays are here does not mean the rules of the road are thrown out the window. As always, our Hernando County Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton urge you to exercise extra caution this time of year when driving and remind you to never drink and drive.

No person plans to be involved in a car crash where alcohol is involved. If the intoxicated driver had chosen not to drink and drive, the injuries, trauma and hardships could have been avoided altogether. Unfortunately, all too often this time of year, we see an increase in drunk driving accidents. When you are involved in a DUI crash, you deserve competent legal counsel from injury lawyers who will stand up and fight to make sure that your rights are protected.

Our Hernando County Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton are focused on handling injury claims, including auto accident claims, truck accident claims, and DUI accident claims. We understand how to prepare these types of cases and we know exactly what is at stake for you and your family. We will work tirelessly to make sure you and your family receive the compensation you deserve.

If you or a loved one is a drunk driving victim, we can advocate on your behalf for all injuries, including:

  • Broken bones
  • Loss of limbs
  • Paralysis
  • Head, neck and back injuries
  • Scarring, bruising and disfigurement
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Fatal accidents resulting in wrongful death

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There is an unfortunate national trend around the Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season. The National Fire Protection Agency reports that there are four times as more home fires on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year. These fires are entirely preventable – one third of Thanksgiving home fire are due to unattended stovetop cooking or frying.

Our Hernando County Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton want to make sure you stay safe during the holidays and every other day of the year. To help you enjoy Thanksgiving safely, make sure you follow these safety tips:

  • Always be sure you have working smoke alarms.
  • Have a fire extinguisher handy.
  • Never leave a stovetop unattended while cooking food. Setting a timer and walking away doesn’t mean you are being safe. You should always have eyes on your stovetop when you are cooking, as spillovers, splatters and burning can occur in the blink of an eye.
  • Keep children and pets away from the cooking area.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire – pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from the stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
  • Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
  • Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.

Equally as important, make sure your appliances are in good shape to prevent them from sparking a fire. Anything damaged or that has worn cords should be replaced immediately. Damaged appliances can easily cause an electrical shock or fire.

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One person was killed and another was seriously injured in a vehicle crash last Thursday night in Hernando County.

The crash occurred just before 8 p.m. at California Street and Old California Street in Spring Hill.

Troopers said a Buick LeSabre was traveling northbound on California Street when the 57-year-old driver failed to negotiate a right curve and traveled into the southbound lane.

The Buick collided head-on with a Volvo V50, according to reports.

The drive of the Buick died at the scene. The driver of the Volvo suffered serious injuries and was transported to Bayonet Point Regional Medical Center.

Head-on collisions can be tragic accidents. To put it into better perspective, two cars traveling at 50 mph crashing into each other has the same effect as if a car drove straight into a concrete wall at 50 mph. The reality of the crash is that it’s as if the cars crashed into each other at 100 mph.

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Halloween is today! This is a fun time for children and adults alike to dress up, eat candy and have fun. For all the joy that Halloween brings, it is still important to remember that there are many dangers during this spooky holiday that can lead to injuries.

Of all the possible dangers, car accidents are the most common, and many of these accidents lead to wrongful death. Safe Kids USA reported recently that children are more than twice as likely to be killed by a motor vehicle on Halloween night as any other time of the year. According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, from 1990-2010, 115 child pedestrians died on Halloween. Many of the fatal accidents reported happened outside of an intersection or crosswalk.

Serious Halloween car accidents happen most frequently from 4-10 p.m., and it is particularly common for accidents to happen when the sun sets because drivers have trouble seeing the road in front of them.

Our Hernando County Auto Accident Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton want you and your children to stay safe tonight, and every night for that matter. The following safety tips can help you get through Halloween safely:

  • Put reflective tape on all bags and costumes to ensure that drivers can see you and your children.
  • Have a flashlight on while trick-or-treating to ensure that you can see and be seen by drivers and others.
  • Look both directions before going across the street. Use crosswalks if they are available.
  • Walk only on sidewalks as much as possible. If none are available, walk on the far edge of the street against traffic.

Drivers should remember the following road safety tips:

  • Drive slower than normal.
  • Put your cell phone away while driving.
  • Beware of young children running into the street.
  • Yield to child pedestrians.
  • Use your turn signals.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, please contact our office at 352-666-2121 for a complimentary consultation. We are available 24/7 on Halloween and stand ready to assist you and your loved one should you need us.

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One dog was killed and another dog was critically injured on Wednesday from the improper use of a generator inside a Hernando County home.

Hernando County Fire Rescue was called out to the home around 10:56 a.m. Wednesday due to a portable generator possibly being run inside a home.

Fire crews forced entry into the home and found a generator running inside the garage with the garage door closed.

They found two dogs inside the home, but no one else. The dogs were evacuated from the garage, officials said, and one was killed, more than likely from carbon monoxide fumes, fire rescue said.

The other dog was still alive but required aggressive treatment by fire/rescue personnel.

This tragedy reminds us that generator usage is deadly if not used appropriately.

Hernando County Fire Rescue has had two significant emergencies related to improper generator use during Hurricane Irma. A home was destroyed by a generator catching fire on Monday, Sept. 11.

HCFR urges residents to follow manufacturer recommendations in the proper usage and placement of portable generators.

When there are power outages, many people turn to portable generators without fully knowing the risks. As generators have become more popular to have on hand, the number of  carbon monoxide (CO) deaths have spiked. The following generator safety tips can keep you and your loved ones safe during an emergency situation:

  • Generators should be used in well ventilated locations outside at least 5 feet away from all doors, windows, and vent openings.
  • Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open.
  • Place generators in a place where exhaust fumes can’t enter the home through windows, doors or other openings in the building. The exhaust must be directed away from the building.
  • Make sure to install CO alarms in your home. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for correct placement and mounting height.
  • Turn off generators and let them cool down before refueling. Never refuel a generator while it is hot.
  • Store fuel for the generator in a container that is intended for the purpose and is correctly labeled as such. Store the containers outside of living areas.

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With Hurricane Irma looming over Florida, now is the time to review your insurance policies and be prepared for what to do if your home or business suffers devastation this week.

You purchase insurance coverage to protect against hurricane damage, flood damage or other kinds of damage to your home, and you expect your insurance company to honor your claim in the event that your home or business is damaged. Sadly, insurers will use many strategies to avoid paying out policyholders for their legitimate insurance claims.

Our Hernando County Hurricane Lawyers at Whittel & Melton are here to help homeowners and businesses understand the hurricane claims process in Spring Hill, Hernando Beach and other areas located on the Gulf Coast. We have extensive experience dealing with insurance companies operating in bad faith, so we fully understand the law governing insurance policies and practices. Our goal is to obtain favorable results on behalf of our clients.

We have seen the damage, devastation and disruptions that hurricanes and storms can cause. We are prepared to take your case all the way to trial should that be what it takes to recover just compensation on your behalf.

We have assisted homeowners and businesses with all of the following hurricane claims disputes:

  • Structural foundation claims
  • Water damage and mold claims
  • Hurricane insurance disputes
  • Tropical storm claims
  • Underpayment or “lowball” settlements by insurance companies

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The latest study regarding the link between football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy shows a strong correlation.

Researchers at Boston University who are studying brains donated by families of former NFL players said that 110 of the 111 donations showed signs of CTE.

While that’s not a random sample reflecting the entire sport (the donations come largely from players who were struggling with some issue or had committed suicide), the big numbers do alarm those studying the issue.

The Boston University study covered 202 brains donated by families of men who had played some level of football. CTE was discovered in 177 of them (87 percent). The 99 percent of former NFL players was the highest level. The study also showed CTE in 3-of-14 who played at the high school level (21.4 percent), 48-of-53 who played in college (90.6 percent), 9-of-14 who competed semi professionally (64.3 percent) and 7-of-8 who played in the CFL (87.5).

The NFL has pledged to devote $100 million and resources toward the effort, and spoke at the league meetings this spring about specific research into helmet safety.

The NFL is committed to supporting scientific research into CTE and advancing progress in the prevention and treatment of head injuries.

Football is a great sport that is loved by many, but it is also a dangerous sport that causes severe concussions, brain trauma and in some cases death. Football involves tackling, direct hits and lots of aggression, which only increases the chances of suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI) during games or even at practices.

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Two people were killed early Tuesday in a head-on crash that involved a wrong-way driver.

The Florida Highway Patrol said a 37-year-old driver was heading west in the eastbound lane of Cortez Boulevard in Ridge Manor at about 1 a.m.

A deputy and the driver of a truck traveling in front of the deputy both swerved off the roadway to avoid a collision with the 37-year-old.

The deputy called for help, and about a minute later the driver crashed head-on into another vehicle traveling east near the Ridge Manor Campground.

The driver of that vehicle was 23-year-old Webster woman.

Both drivers died at the scene, according to reports.

Cortez Boulevard was blocked off for hours in both directions from McKethan Road to Westwood Drive. It was reopened at 7:25 a.m.

FHP is still investigating the crash.

Driving against traffic is quite possibly the deadliest decision that a driver can make. Wrong-way driving accidents are usually catastrophic. Families can lose loved ones, and survivors are often left with significant injuries resulting in astronomical medical costs. The loss in income due to death or injury caused by a wrong-way driver can also be devastating to survivors and/or family members.

The most common wrong-way driving collisions can be attributed to the following:

  • Drunk drivers
  • Speeding drivers. Most wrong-way driving accidents occur on interstates or freeways, and involve cars traveling at high rates of speed, which seriously decreases the survivability of a head-on crash.
  • Limited visibility at night. It can get very dark at night on roads and highways, which only increases the possibility that a driver—drunk or sober—may become confused and drive the wrong way. The darkness also decreases the amount of reaction time that other drivers have to avoid the accident by swerving or slowing down.

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A group of teens in Hernando County have won a contest for creating a video highlighting the dangers of distracted driving.

The group, all ninth graders at Nature Coast Technical High School in Brooksville, had the most re-tweets on their video, which got them a $1,000 prize from AT&T.

Their entire video production class made videos they posted to Twitter as part of a contest run though AT&T. The winning group got more than 130 retweets to secure the $1,000 prize.

It’s all part of AT&T’s “It can wait” campaign, which aims to encourage everyone, but especially teens, to be alert anytime they get behind the wheel and put away their phones while driving.

Statistics show that seven out of 10 drivers engage in some form of distracted driving when they’re driving on the roads. Four out of 10 of those drivers are actually searching the web at the same time.

AT&T’s goal is to catch young people while they’re still in high school driving or about to drive, to prevent these bad behaviors from happening.

This contest was just between the video production class members, but AT&T has held similar contests throughout the state.

Were you involved in an auto accident because of a distracted driver and need legal help? Contact our Hernando County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton right away.

If you have been involved in a distracted driving collision in Brooksville or Spring Hill, it is important to get help from an attorney who will perform an exhaustive investigation of your crash and determine if a distracted driver is to blame.

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Hernando County Fire Rescue responded to a traffic crash on Interstate 75 early Saturday morning involving two vehicles.

Officials believe a semi-tractor trailer jackknifed and blocked several lanes of I-75. The northbound lanes of the interstate were closed for several hours.

The crash occurred around 1:20 a.m. on I-75 at mile marker 297. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage, according to reports.

The crash caused a fuel tank on the semi-truck was ruptured and leaked around 60 gallons of diesel fuel onto the roadway.

HazMat crews were able to contain the spill which spread nearly ½ mile in a storm drain.

Both drivers received minor injuries and were transported to local hospitals.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

Semi trucks present a serious danger to drivers mostly because they are the largest vehicles on the road. Their sheer size, length, and weight usually mean that a collision will result in serious injuries.

Drivers must use extra caution when driving around semi-trucks. Semi trucks have a tendency to take wide turns and can easily tip over or jackknife. Semi drivers can lose control in an instant of a vehicle weighing tens of thousands of pounds.

After a truck accident, injury victims can suffer both physical and financial hardship. While no one can undo the damage caused by a serious accident, our Hernando County Truck Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can fight for compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering caused by the truck collision. If you have lost a loved one, we can fight to recover funeral expenses in the event of a wrongful death.

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