FLORIDA INJURY LAWYER
Spring Hill injury lawyer Jason M. Melton is a partner of the full service Florida law firm Whittel & Melton, LLC in the areas of personal injury and criminal law. Our attorneys serve clients in Gainesville, Tampa, Ocala, Brooksville, Spring Hill, Inverness, Bushnell, New Port Richey, Dade City, and Clearwater, as well as clients throughout Alachua, Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lake, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sumter, and Levy Counties. In addition, we often act as co-counsel or as advisory lawyers to other law firms on various cases throughout the state.Personal Injury
If you were injured through the fault of another person, you may be able to recover compensatory damages by bringing a personal injury lawsuit. There are many types of accidents that give rise to personal injury lawsuits in Florida. We handle cases arising out of car crashes, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, medical malpractice, slip and falls, swimming pool accidents, negligent security, and boating accidents, among other examples. Often, our Spring Hill injury attorneys pursue personal injury lawsuits under a theory of negligence. Negligence is a person’s failure to act reasonably under the circumstances, which causes harm to someone else.Car Accidents
Florida is a no-fault state, which means that you must turn first to your own insurance to pay for your injuries after a car accident, irrespective of who caused the accident. However, when a certain threshold of serious injuries is met, it may be possible to sue for damages. Our firm has handled personal injury lawsuits arising out of a range of car accidents, including head-on collisions, rear-end collisions, highway accidents, and intersection accidents. Sometimes insurers are unwilling to pay a fair amount to car accident victims. It is critical to retain an attorney to undertake a proper investigation and make sure that evidence is preserved so that you are in a strong position to obtain a fair settlement from an insurer or obtain a favorable verdict at trial. Often, a Spring Hill injury lawyer will need to retain experts to reconstruct what happened or provide testimony on damages.
Bikers often seem to have a higher burden of proof when pursuing compensation for injuries in an accident. Florida has a history of unjustly profiling bikers within the law enforcement community and sadly also within our jury system. If you were hit by a careless driver while you were riding your motorcycle, you need a lawyer who understands all of the legal and factual issues surrounding motorcycle injury cases. Jason M. Melton understands the difficulties that riders face. He is a Founding Member of the National Academy of Motorcycle Injury Lawyers, and he was rated a Top 20 Motorcycle Injury Lawyer in America by Biker Justice USA.Wrongful Death
Certain surviving family members may be financially and emotionally affected if a loved one dies due to the fault of another party. Under Florida Statutes section 768.19, a wrongful death action may be brought in connection with a death caused by another party’s negligence, wrongful act, breach of contract, or default. The personal representative of the decedent’s estate may bring a civil lawsuit to recover damages for the wrongful death. The civil lawsuit is entirely distinct from any criminal charges that may be filed as well. A lower standard of proof applies to the civil lawsuit. Even though the civil lawsuit is filed by a personal representative, any damages obtained are held in trust for the decedent’s estate and any surviving family members who are eligible to recover damages. These may include the decedent’s children, spouse, parents, and any blood relative or adoptive sibling who was partially or fully dependent on the decedent for services or support. Our injury lawyers help Spring Hill residents and other Florida families navigate these claims.DUI
Florida prosecutors take drunk driving seriously. Driving under the influence is a criminal charge, and it also has administrative consequences. You can be convicted of DUI if you were in actual physical control of a vehicle while you were under the influence or if your blood alcohol concentration was .08% or more while operating the vehicle. The type of DUI charge will determine the severity of the penalties. However, any DUI conviction can have grave repercussions for your driving privileges, and it could lead to jail time. Our firm has fought DUI charges in a wide range of circumstances, including situations that involve car crashes, bicycles, and golf carts.Criminal Defense
All federal and state crimes must be established beyond a reasonable doubt. You should not assume that your conviction is assured, but instead you should consult an experienced criminal defense attorney about your circumstances. Criminal charges that we handle include assault and battery, DUI, drug crimes, weapons charges, theft, burglary, trespass, domestic violence, child abuse, robbery, homicide, sexual battery, insurance fraud, and credit card fraud. Certain crimes are punished very harshly, making it imperative to consult an attorney as soon as possible. If you are convicted of drug trafficking in Florida, for example, you may face a mandatory minimum sentence of incarceration, a sentence over which the judge has no discretion.
Many people assume that traffic offenses are not serious. If you accumulate too many of them, however, you can incur enough points on your record that your driver’s license will be suspended. Different points are applied to different offenses. For unlawful speed with an accident, you may get six points on your record. Four points may be imposed for reckless driving. If you leave the scene of an accident in which there was at least $50 of damage, you may get six points. Speeding carries three points. You should consult an experienced attorney about whether there is a way to defeat a traffic charge, especially if you are facing the possibility of your driver’s license being revoked or suspended.Juvenile Crimes
If your child is charged with a misdemeanor or felony in the juvenile system, it is critical to retain an experienced juvenile crime attorney. The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) emphasizes rehabilitation, intervention, and treatment when it comes to juvenile crimes. However, you should not assume that your child’s case is not serious because it is in the juvenile system. Mr. Melton is a former State Juvenile Prosecutor who now provides a strong defense to children accused of crimes. He represents juveniles facing serious felony and misdemeanor charges, including drug crimes, sex crimes, cybercrimes, violent offenses, theft crimes, alcohol crimes, and DUI.Hurricane and Storm Damage Insurance Claims
Hurricane, storm, and wind damage are issues that property owners need to anticipate and address. Often, homeowners’ insurance policies cover wind but not flooding. Accordingly, the cost of replacing your roof when it has been damaged by hurricane winds may be covered, while damage to your home’s interior may not be. It is important to look at your policy to fully understand what is covered. If your claim was wrongly denied, you should consult an experienced attorney. There are laws that are meant to protect you against poor handling of claims. Insurance companies may fail to pay claims or pay them at a minimal level in a way that is unfair to the claimant. For example, your claims adjuster might unfairly argue that damage from a hurricane was a result of flooding rather than wind. You should consult an attorney about your remedies if an insurer denies your claim or delays in paying it.Employment Law
Florida employers need to follow laws that govern each stage of the employment relationship, from hiring to termination. At Whittel & Melton, we handle lawsuits arising out of wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, minimum wage violations, overtime violations, qui tam actions, family and medical leave, non-compete agreements, and severance agreements. If your rights were violated by your employer, we may be able to represent you in a lawsuit for damages. For example, federal, state, and local laws prohibit employment discrimination based on an employee’s membership in a protected class, and you may be able to recover damages for that discrimination. Federal anti-discrimination laws include Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), while the Florida Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination at the state level.Retain an Experienced Florida Attorney
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident, contact us online or call 1-866-608-5LAW (5529) to discuss your case with an injury attorney in the Spring Hill area. If you are facing criminal charges, you also should contact us to find out what we can do to keep your record clean and protect your future.