About Our Law Firm in The Villages
A Law Firm Devoted to Residents of The Villages
The attorneys at Whittel & Melton bring decades of experience as personal injury, criminal, and employment lawyers, servicing all types of clients searching for effective counsel that prioritizes value-driven results. Our founding partners Robert G. Whittel, Esq. and Jason M. Melton, Esq. have been practicing in Florida courts for the majority of their careers and are members of esteemed professional and bar associations. They remain on the forefront of evolving trends in personal injury and criminal defense trends, and are active thought leaders contributing regularly to thevillageslaw.com blog.
Whittel & Melton founded the firm with the intention of focusing specifically on The Villages, a sprawling master planned 55+ community in central Florida that spans Sumter, Lake and Marion counties. Situated between Ocala and Leesburg, The Villages is a highly desirable community due to its proximity to both the Orlando and Tampa International Airports. Founded by Harold Schwartz and later developed by his son, Gary H. Morse, The Villages was designed as a retirement community for active adults seeking comfortable, high-end living options that are filled with amenities and opportunities to stay active.
Legal Issues in The Villages
With recreational areas, swimming pools, golf courses, and more, The Villages is now home to over 120,000 residents aged 55 and over, with strict rules governing the minimum age of anyone permitted to live on its premises. With such a large population and diverse geography and amenities, The Villages functions much like its own city - and as such, legal issues that would face any large community do arise.
Auto Accidents and Personal Injury Claims
Notably, The Villages residents can easily find themselves at the center of a traffic accident or offense that has the ability to irrevocably alter their life. According to the Florida Integrated Report Exchange System, accidents in the area are increasing each year, with fatalities reaching as many as 76 lives claimed in 2016. Distracted driving, driving under the influence, and the presence of scores of pedestrians and golf carts (it’s estimated that some 50,000 golf carts can be found within The Villages city limits) exacerbate the incidence of serious car accidents in The Villages, and increase the likelihood that a lawsuit will occur. Other incidents, such as slip-and-fall claims, nursing home neglect, medical malpractice and more often occur.
Crime and Abuse
Similarly, with an active older adult population, The Villages is often an epicenter of elder abuse and sexual harm. Though most residents and their caretakers do plenty to protect themselves and respect each residents’ wishes and experiences, elder abuse is certainly present within the community. Caretakers who work within The Villages may find themselves involved in a allegation of criminal conduct or sexual abuse against their charges, which represents a grave and lifestyle-threatening challenge for the accused. Those facing allegations of criminal or sexual abuse are in need of experienced, shrewd counsel that can vigorously defend both their innocence and their honor.
Contact Our Office Today for Lawyers Committed to Your Community
Because of our commitment to the pursuit of justice for victims and defendants alike, Whittel & Melton was founded to service this dynamic community’s ever-evolving legal needs. By focusing on The Villages community, we have come to uniquely understand the area’s legal system, identifying the best courses of action for each individual case. We view this community as an extension of our own, and take pride in addressing its legal needs with experience, enthusiasm, and relentless effort. If you are currently facing a difficult issue related to your interaction with The Villages community, do not hesitate to contact us to learn more about our services. We are your trusted legal ally no matter the situation you may find yourself in.
"The staff was very attentive and answered all my questions regarding my criminal case. I was very pleased with the outcome and professionalism."
— Crystal Vasquez
News & Announcements
How to Handle Nursing Home Neglect During COVID-19
December 31, 2020
Because the COVID-19 pandemic has especially affected senior citizens, many of those living in The Villages assisted living facilities are feeling particularly isolated: Since the pandemic has predominantly affected senior citizens living in close quarters in these types of nursing homes, they are under particularly strict lockdowns in order to prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19. Family members and loved ones who may be used to visiting on a regular basis have likely not set foot inside their family member’s assisted living facility in some time. As such, the probability that neglect might be occurring has risen; if you suspect your loved one is being treated poorly, you should contact The Villages nursing home neglect attorneys who have experience handling these types of cases.
Can I Sue for Medical Malpractice Related to COVID-19?
December 17, 2020
The novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, has altered life as we know it, and that’s especially true for residents of The Villages who are over the age of 65. With many residents preferring to stay indoors in order to avoid getting sick, some have slowly tried to return to normal life with safety precautions. As such, getting sick has become more common, and while the virus is new and little remains known about how to treat it, doctors must still provide the best care possible. Too often, symptoms have been disregarded and doctors have failed to properly treat a patient suffering from COVID-19, leading to hospitalization or even death. If you or a loved one is currently sick with the coronavirus and believe the attending doctor has failed to properly treat you, contact the Villages medical malpractice attorney today.
Tips for Avoiding a Drunk Driving Accident This Holiday Season
November 30, 2020
The sprawling community of The Villages in central Florida is a 55+ community known for its lively residents and merriment. A perfect retirement community for the active and social senior spanning three counties in sunny Florida, most residents of The Villages enjoy living there because it offers a fun and relaxing lifestyle. When the holidays come around, The Villages residents know how to party - but those who aren’t careful when getting behind the wheel might find themselves facing a DUI charge. A The Villages DUI accident attorney with experience defending against DUI charges can help you fight this charge if you’re currently facing one.
510 County Road 466, Suite 203-W
The Villages, Florida 32159
11020 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill, FL 34608
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