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Are you struggling with serious injuries after a work-related accident in Clearwater, FL? An experienced Clearwater workplace accident lawyer at Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers can fight to protect your right to compensation under workers’ compensation and personal injury laws.

You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and your pain and suffering.

Our lawyers have over 119 years of combined experience in cases like Clearwater worker’s compensation, medical malpractice, brain injuries, wrongful death in Clearwater, motorcycle accidents, and more. We’re well-prepared to put that experience to work for you.

You probably have a lot of questions if you were injured on the job. Call our law office in Clearwater, Florida to schedule a free consultation today at (727) 493-4418.

How Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Workplace Accident in Clearwater

How Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Workplace Accident in Clearwater

Nearly all Florida employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. It would seem that it should be easy to recover compensation after a workplace accident.

Unfortunately, that’s not always true. You could be forced to visit a doctor who tries to downplay your injuries–or your disability check could be much less than you expected.

An experienced Clearwater personal injury lawyer can help you fight for the fair compensation you deserve.

When you choose Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers to represent you, you’ll have a legal team to:

  • Handle the paperwork and administrative issues
  • Investigate to determine the cause of your accident
  • Determine if you’re eligible for damages above and beyond what workers’ comp covers
  • Hire experts to strengthen your personal injury claim
  • Calculate the fair value of your workers’ compensation claim
  • Negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf
  • Defend you if your claim is denied
  • Advocate for you in court if necessary

You deserve to know that you’re getting the full compensation available. To learn more about how our Clearwater personal injury attorneys can help, call our law firm to schedule a free case evaluation today. We’re always available to discuss your case and evaluate your options.

How Common Are Workplace Accidents in Clearwater?

In 2020, 2.7 million non-fatal workplace injuries were reported across the United States. Another 4,764 fatal workplace accidents were reported to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). 275 of those work-related fatalities were in Florida.

While many of these accidents happen in construction, manufacturing, and other dangerous industries, any workplace can become dangerous if people are careless.

At Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers, we handle all types of work injury cases in Clearwater, including those involving:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Scaffolding accidents and falls from heights
  • Accidents involving forklifts, cranes, and heavy machinery
  • Construction site accidents
  • Fishing accidents
  • Accidents in the agricultural industry
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Electrocution or electric shock
  • Fires and explosions
  • Welding and industrial accidents
  • Manufacturing accidents

If you or a loved one were injured on the job, reach out to our lawyers in Clearwater today. We’ll do everything we can to get you the money you deserve.

What Is My Clearwater Workplace Accident Case Worth?

Work accident victims in Florida have two primary options for recovering compensation. Nearly every employee in the state of Florida is covered by workers’ compensation. If a non-employer third party caused your injuries, you may also have rights under Florida personal injury laws.

The value of your case will depend on whether you can file a personal injury lawsuit or are limited to workers’ compensation benefits.

The value of your workers’ compensation benefits will depend on:

  • Your income and wages prior to the accident
  • The duration of your recovery
  • Whether you’re totally or partially disabled

Your workers’ compensation check will cover about ⅔ of your average weekly wages in the 13 weeks prior to the accident. However, your check is also subject to a statewide cap on benefits.

If you’re totally disabled, the maximum that can be considered when calculating your weekly benefit is $1,099 in 2022. If you’re able to work in a reduced capacity, your check will be even lower.

You can’t sue your employer for damages if you were injured on the job. However, you may be entitled to seek compensation for damages not covered by workers’ comp if a third party was liable.

For example, you may have a case against:

  • The at-fault driver in a car accident
  • A negligent property owner
  • Manufacturers of defective work tools
  • A third-party supplier
  • General contractors 

By filing a third-party claim, you also become eligible to seek compensation for non-financial losses. So, factors such as your pain and suffering, emotional distress, and diminished quality of life also become relevant.

What Types of Damages Are Available To Workplace Accident Victims?

Workers’ compensation benefits are designed to help injured workers cover their financial costs during recovery.

Under Florida workers’ compensation laws, you may be entitled to:

  • All reasonable and necessary medical expenses, including hospitalization, doctor’s visits, and prescriptions
  • Temporary disability benefits
  • Permanent disability benefits
  • Impairment benefits
  • Death benefits for survivors of fatal accident victims

In the state of Florida, you aren’t paid disability benefits unless you miss more than seven days at work. However, if you’re out of work for at least 21 days, you’ll be paid for the first seven days of disability.

Additional damages may be available if you’re entitled to file a third-party claim. You may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Medical care and rehabilitation not covered by workers’ comp
  • 100% of your lost wages and income 
  • Reduced future earning potential
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Disfigurement or scarring
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders
  • Loss of consortium 

When you’re injured and can’t work, it’s always important to recover every dollar available. Our Clearwater workplace accident attorneys at Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers have been handling injury cases like yours for decades. You can count on us to go the extra mile and recover the fair compensation you deserve.

Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for a Workplace Accident in Florida?

You’re entitled to receive your full workers’ compensation benefits regardless of whether you caused the accident.

Comparative fault can limit the compensation you receive in a personal injury case. Under the modified comparative fault laws in Florida, fault is allocated between all parties involved in an accident. Your settlement or verdict is then reduced by your percentage of fault. However, if you are more than 50% at fault, you cannot recover any compensation.

We’ll Fight To Recover Compensation for All of Your Workplace Accident Injuries

Work-related injuries can vary dramatically depending on the nature of the accident.

Our lawyers at Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers often represent injured workers who have sustained:

  • Back injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Nerve damage
  • Whiplash 
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Concussions
  • Facial injuries
  • Hearing loss
  • Burns
  • Internal organ damage
  • Amputations
  • Paralysis and other catastrophic injuries
  • Wrongful death of a loved one

Our lawyers will help you file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits right away. We’ll also evaluate the circumstances of your accident and determine whether you’re entitled to seek additional compensation under Florida personal injury laws.

What Causes Most Workplace Accidents in Clearwater, Florida?

Some of the most common causes of workplace accidents include:

  • Failure to follow state and federal safety regulations
  • Lack of proper safety equipment 
  • Lack of fall protection
  • Defective scaffolding
  • Dangerous work equipment
  • Exposure to live electrical wires
  • Physical strain and repetitive motions
  • Being crushed between two objects
  • Exposure to toxic substances
  • Failure to properly train and supervise employees
  • Lack of communication
  • Dangerous property conditions
  • Workplace violence

One simple misstep can cause a serious injury. Our lawyers can help you determine the cause of your accident. With that information, we’ll have the tools to fight for the maximum compensation you deserve from all responsible parties.

Am I Required To Prove Negligence To Recover Damages After a Workplace Accident in Florida? 

Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system. You won’t be required to prove negligence to recover damages. That said, you could face significant challenges along the way.

Your employer or the insurance company may try to challenge your right to benefits by claiming:

  • You failed to complete the required paperwork
  • You didn’t notify your employer about the injury quickly enough
  • Your injuries were not work-related
  • Your injuries were pre-existing
  • You visited a non-approved doctor

It’s also possible that the insurance company may pressure you to return to work before your injuries have fully healed. Our lawyers are here to help with these and any other challenges that you might face.

How Long Do I Have To File a Lawsuit After a Workplace Accident in Florida?

If you’re entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit, the statute of limitations gives you two years to take legal action. Wait any longer, and you’ll lose your right to sue for damages. However, if your accident occurred on 3/23/2023 or before, you may have four years to file a claim.

To protect your right to workers’ comp benefits under Florida law, you should report your injuries to your supervisor within 30 days of the accident.

Contact a Clearwater Workplace Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation

Were you injured at work in Pinellas County? A Clearwater workplace accident lawyer can fight to protect your legal right to compensation. At Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers, we offer free consultations so you can get the information you need. Just give us a quick call at (727) 493-4418 to learn more today. 

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Karla Rogers
Karla Rogers
Best lawyer ever! I had an accident gave them a call and like three months later, case Settled and full payout... Excellent service!
Lenette Montalvo
Lenette Montalvo
Christopher from Winter and Yonker was amazing. Very nice person to talk to, listen to what I had to say, and even gave his opinion when needed. From start to finish I felt very important and I was impressed by this law firm every one i spoke to made me feel safe and comfortableto. My accident has done a lot of damage to me, and knowing I had an attorney from Winters and Yonker on my side made me feel great. My compensation for my accident is amazing and it will help me in my life. Thank you very much I will definitely recommend this law firm.
coleman vera
coleman vera
I went to Winter & Yonker Law Firm for my Tampa car accident case I was involved in. My case manager throughout the process and she took care of me from start to finish. The process was very seamless, I received the medical treatment that I needed immediately and at the very end, concluded with a very rewarding settlement. I've worked with a few law firms from prior accidents and none can compare to the service OR expertise I received from Mr. Yonker.👉 If you're seeking help for an injury related case, I would definitely recommend working with him and their amazing legal staff at Winter & Yonker Firm in Tampa. I will always use this firm for all my Personal Injury Claims! If you are l@@king for an Attorney to give you Top Notch legal help and the MOST money for your Pain & Suffering then take it from me I'm a paralegal and this firm continues to OUTSHINE them all!
Meredith Wilson
Meredith Wilson
This was my first personal injury experience. I wanted to choose a law office I could trust. A friend of mine recommended the law offices of Winters & Yonker, Personal Injury Lawyers in Tampa. Through the entire process Attorney Marc Yonkers was helpful and communication was stellar. I never felt out the loop. I felt confident throughout entire process. Which this month (Sept. 2023) they were able to settle my accident case successfully and to my 100% satisfaction. I cannot recommend Winters & Yonker and or Marc any higher. In short they are firm, fair, aggressive, responsive, super smart and know the numerous ins and outs of Personal Injury cases (which can be quite complicated). Upon hiring them you get a law firm that will leave you confident that your case will be handled expertly and with your interests front and center.
Geneva Ramirez
Geneva Ramirez
Winters and Yonkers has been a legend of the Tampa Bay personal injury Attorney community for a long time. I was in a car accident recently with my husband, we suffered back and neck pains after two days and thought to get someone’s help. I found Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers through a google search and called them right up. The same day Mr. Winters contacted both of us, listened, and was compassionate to our situation. He helped us through the entire process including getting me seen by a Doctor so we could heal our injuries correctly, and we got our medical bills reduced! Bill Winters, my case manager, and the entire staff were very knowledgeable and exceptional at their work. We would like to express my sincere gratitude to them and recommend them without any hesitation to anybody who needs help, don't try and fight the at fault's insurance on your own. If you're injured and need someone to protect your rights you won't find a better Attorney than Bill Winters at Winters & Yonkers!-Geneva, Tampa FL#personalinjurylawyer #caraccidentlawyer #tampainjuryattorney
Shelley Torres
Shelley Torres
Bum Boi
Bum Boi
My wife and I are work in Mediation and Arbitration but know nothing about personal injury cases. When a young delivery Truck driver who was distracted by his phone hit us at full speed and rear-ended us as we were stopped in traffic on Wesley chapel. We knew we needed to hire the best lawyers with PI experience and expertise in the Tampa legal community that we could.From our first phone call with Bill Winters and then all the way through Trial preparation then Trial, we never felt any bad about our case because we knew Bill and the entire staff at Winters and Yonker would take care of us.Their dedication, innovation, motivation, reliability, unparalleled intellect, and exceptional skill as trial lawyers make them extraordinary individuals. My experience working with them was nothing short of exceptional. Experiencing a car accident is an ordeal that encompasses fear, trauma, and frustration. It's a life-changing event in anyone's life. There was no amount of money that could ever make me alright, because I would give any amount of cash to not have to go through the nightmare that the car accident was and continues to be.It took almost 2 years from the time of the car crash to go to trial, but ultimately the jury verdict that Bill Winters got for my family was worth fighting for. There were so many times over the course of the three years that we actively realized how amazing it was that we felt no anxiety or concerns or worries about our case, because Bill is truly outstanding!If you or anyone you know gets hurt in a car accident, call Winters and Yonkers RIGHT AWAY! And then rest assured that you, your family, or friends are being cared for by the ABSOLUTE BEST legal team in Tampa Bay. Thank you, Winters & Yonker!
Glenda Litimco
Glenda Litimco
Winters & Yonker law firm did excellent work with my injury case. Luckily, I was referred to Winters & Yonker from a good friend after I was injured in a car accident. I did some initial research about injury lawyers near me, but the reviews for this office really stood out to me in Tampa. I decided to call and after a single phone conversation, the choice was easy to make! Not only was everyone extremely professional, they made the entire process smooth and clear. I was at ease with each step of the way because they were always there to answer my questions and keep me informed of what was happening. All expectations were met and my settlement was exceeded. I got much more than I thought was even possible from the insurance company. I highly recommend the Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers, and their team in Tampa to anyone in need of help after a car, truck, or motorcycle accident. You'll be in good hands!
Dandrea Ikner
Dandrea Ikner
This is the best lawyer in town
Nicky Warner
Nicky Warner
Max was amazing! He kept me updated throughout the whole process and was extremely easy to talk with. He also explained everything so I can completely understand it. It was an amazing experience. Thank you, Max!
Erika Smith
Erika Smith
I had a great experience with them! They truly care about you!! Thank you so much🤗
Jonathan Clem
Jonathan Clem
I was injured in a car crash here in town. Since it was essentially a "he said she said" accident case the opposing insurance claimed it was a 50/50 fault. Even though it clearly could not have been my fault. However, Bill worked diligently to get me everything I was needed to get my life back. He worked to get me access to all the doctors I needed and medical treamtment for my neck and back. Plus, a large settlement amount. Bill even took the time to calm me down when I saw the initial amount and cost for seeing my medical bills piling up! He even managed to get them to reduce their bills significantly! Plus, I received as much as possible. Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers in Tampa provided a great legal service. They were strait forward and honest about the approach, and communicated every aspect of the process. The firm took care of everything. I would 100% without a doubt recommend him if I knew someone that need a personal injury attorney. Given the circumstances of our introduction I hope I never have to, BUT Bill Winters will definitely be my first call if I'm ever injured again!
marie silvers
marie silvers
They are the Best! They care about you as a person!
jorden reagan
jorden reagan
Everyone on their staff is amazing! Chris and Sara won my case and helped me out with an accident that occurred a few months back. They made the entire process so easy! They called with case updates but not too often where it was constant phone calls. It was just enough to know what was going on the whole time without being bombarded. Thankful for Tayler on their staff who helped inform me on why Winters and Yonker was the best choice to go with!
Kimberly Rushton
Kimberly Rushton
Yes, I would highly recommend winners in Yonkers. I worked with Trevor and Trevor was the best. I recommend anyone that ever needs a lawyer to go to them. They are the best.
Pat Pawelkop
Pat Pawelkop
Highly recommend. Bill Winters and his staff took time to answer my questions, and handled my case in a timely and professional manner. I almost didn't contact a lawyer over my "small" injury case because I feared it would be so difficult and stressful. But he got me the settlement that my insurance company owed me, and I would never have been able to do that on my own. And with less stress that I anticipated. I'm glad I called them.
Amysway Barton
Amysway Barton
Always available
Certified Soul
Certified Soul
Winters and Yonker is who you want to go to when you get in a car accident because they will take care of you and won’t let you get low balled on your settlement. I got in a car accident where my back and shoulder was injured and I was referred to a attorney named Trevor. I appreciate Trevor for handling my case and keeping me informed with all the information I needed.
Sean S
Sean S
One of the best law firms in Tampa. My family was involved in a serious car accident. We went to that other personal injury firm with the two M's they were trying to make us settle the case quickly and they we're not listening to us with the arrogant attitude that they were the experts and we were just ignorant. We promptly fired them and then hired Winters & yonker. Our settlement was 5 times higher than what the MM wanted to settle for.I would like to thank Winters and Yonkers entire staff for a wonderful experience. They were all very knowledgeable and walked us through the whole process. We really felt like they cared, unlike the other firm.
Linda Robinson
Linda Robinson
I’m giving Winters & Yonker a shout out. My mother fell in Winn Dixie afew months ago. Her first choice wasMorgan & Morgan; however, after theinterview with them they decided not to take the case. My perception was that it was not a big enough case for them. I knew that she deserved to be compensated for her injuries, and I had mad faith in Winters & Yonker from using them in the past. They not only took the case but settled it in record time. Thanks Winters and Yonker, and I like to send a special thank you to Christopher Smith, who was never to busy when I needed answers. I would recommend your law firm to anyone. I found you to be ethical, professional, and respectful to my family, but most of all you will fight for the little guy. Much love and respect. God bless you all and your families👏👏👏👏
Reuben Rodriques
Reuben Rodriques
Other said it couldn't be done called your law firm and immediately you got on it impressive shocking furthermore you showed integrity did what you had to do though you didn't have to do it and I was shockingly pleased thank you you surprised me had I to choose any other law firm I would not hesitate to call you or share my experience with my friends thank you once again from me and my family amen
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Hameed Owens
Myrtle Graham
Myrtle Graham
I was searching for a local car accident lawyer near me after I was rear-ended by someone earlier this month. I was being pushed around by the at-fault driver's insurance company and needed some legal help.I found Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers through Google Maps and decided to get a free consult. I called the Tampa office of this firm and talked to them about my options. I briefly told them of my situation and was connected to Bill shortly after. He was extremely informative and was very professional. By the end of the same day he had me meet with a private investigator and referred me to a chiropractor nearby. Great customer service, and I look forward to how well my settlement will turn out. I know I am in good hands!
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