Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers located in Tampa, FL

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Were you injured by another party’s actions in Florida? If so, you may be entitled to compensation, whether you crashed on a Florida highway or slipped and fell at a store.

The legal team at Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers can help you seek the financial recovery you deserve under state law. Our Florida personal injury lawyers have 119+ years of combined legal experience. Our aggressive approach has allowed us to secure millions of dollars for our clients, helping them move forward after devastating accidents.

We’re prepared to pursue compensation for your medical bills, pain, lost wages, and other damages. Contact our Florida personal injury law firm today at (866) 311-6869 for a free consultation with an experienced attorney.

Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer After an Accident in Florida? How Can They Help? 

Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer After an Accident in Florida? How Can They Help?

Many people ask whether they require legal representation after an accident or injury. It’s a valid question. Not all cases will require attorney assistance. However, personal injury victims who retain a lawyer usually walk away with more money than those who do not.

Our personal injury attorneys in Florida know the ins and outs of state and insurance law. We handle these types of cases daily, meaning we can efficiently navigate the legal process. Having an experienced attorney in your corner is highly beneficial – especially if you’re struggling with painful injuries and undergoing medical treatment. 

Here are a few ways Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers can help after a Florida accident:

  • Evaluate your situation and give honest advice and guidance
  • Investigate the accident or incident and gather solid evidence proving your claim
  • Consult leading experts if your case involves complex topics or issues
  • Identify the full extent of your losses to calculate your damages
  • Negotiate with insurance companies and defense attorneys
  • Aggressively represent you in court if we cannot fairly settle your case

Seek legal advice before accepting an insurance adjuster’s settlement offer. At worst, you lose time attending a free consultation. At best, you learn that the offer is painfully low and return to the negotiating table – and end up receiving much more compensation.

Call our Florida personal injury attorneys today to discuss an attorney-client relationship. We’ll answer your questions and advise you of your legal rights.

How Common Are Accidents in Florida? 

Floridians are injured and killed in all types of accidents every day. 

In 2022, the state experienced 396,478 car crashes, causing 251,911 injuries and 3,529 fatalities. 

These motor vehicle accidents involved: 

  • 7,237 bicycle crashes
  • 9,252 motorcycle crashes
  • 10,159 pedestrian crashes

Additionally, thousands of Florida workers are injured or die on the job. In 2021, 315 people suffered fatal workplace injuries. Approximately 600 Florida residents are admitted to the hospital annually for dog bite wounds.

Our Florida Law Firm Handles All Types of Personal Injury Cases

Our experienced personal injury attorneys can help with any type of legal matter, including those involving: 

  • Truck accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Boating accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Wrongful death
  • Slip and fall accidents and other premises liability matters
  • Electric scooter accidents
  • Uber and Lyft accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Medical malpractice
  • Nursing home abuse and neglect
  • Product liability 
  • Assault, including sexual assault
  • Dog bites

Whether you or a loved one were injured, Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers is here to help. 

What Is the Value of My Florida Personal Injury Claim? 

Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. 

The value of your injury case will depend on your unique circumstances, including: 

  • The severity of your injuries and every way they impact your quality of life
  • Your lost wages and ability to work after the accident or injury
  • The injury-related expenses you’ve incurred
  • Whether you share any blame for the Florida accident
  • The psychological and physical effects of your injuries
  • The insurance coverage available

Ultimately, speaking with a knowledgeable attorney is the best way to determine what your Florida personal injury case is worth.

What Damages Are Available After a Florida Accident or Injury? 

Florida accident victims may be entitled to compensation for their financial (economic) and intangible (non-economic) losses. These damages are awarded to make an injured party financially whole after being hurt due to another individual’s negligence or wrongdoing. 

Economic damages can typically be proven by receipts, invoices, and bills; they might include:

  • Medical costs already incurred
  • Future medical expenses for ongoing care and follow-ups
  • Lost income and job benefits, including PTO
  • Diminished earning potential
  • Physical therapy
  • Out-of-pocket expenses 
  • Property damage, including damaged personal property

You may have also suffered mentally and physically from your injuries. This type of harm is classified as non-economic damages, which can be challenging to prove without an attorney’s assistance.

They might include: 

  • Pain and suffering
  • Reduced enjoyment of life
  • Mental anguish
  • PTSD
  • Inconvenience 
  • Loss of companionship
  • Permanent disfigurement
  • Disability

Florida courts also award punitive damages if a defendant’s actions are found to be intentional or grossly negligent. These are more difficult to prove than economic or non-economic damages, as they’re not meant to compensate for your losses. Punitive damages are awarded to a plaintiff to punish the defendant for their behavior.

How Do I Prove My Florida Personal Injury Case?

Some personal injury claims in Florida are based on intentional torts or strict liability. However, the majority arise due to negligence, meaning someone’s carelessness caused an injury.

As the injury victim, you have the burden of proving that the other party was negligent, which entails demonstrating the following elements:

  • They owed you a legal duty of care, such as a duty to drive safely and follow state traffic laws.
  • They breached that duty by failing to act with reasonable care, like by running a stop sign.
  • The breach directly caused the accident and injury. In other words, you wouldn’t have been injured had they not run the stop sign.
  • You suffered damages, such as medical bills, car damage, and lost wages.

You prove these elements by offering relevant evidence, such as: 

  • Eyewitness statements
  • Accident reports 
  • Medical records
  • Physical evidence from the accident
  • Surveillance footage
  • Photos and videos
  • Expert witness opinions and testimony

A qualified attorney can help you prove negligence, thus establishing the at-fault party’s liability for your damages.

Can I Recover Compensation If I’m Partially Responsible for an Accident in Florida? 

You may be able to receive compensation from another at-fault party even if you share some responsibility. The state of Florida implements a modified comparative fault rule that bars financial recovery if your share of blame exceeds 50%. 

So, if you are found to be more than 50% responsible for the accident, you cannot recover compensation. However, if your portion of fault is 50% or less, you can receive damages that are reduced proportionately.

For example, a jury finds that you’re 40% to blame for an auto accident. The defendant would only be accountable for 60% of your damages.

Victim blaming is a common tactic insurance companies use to reduce their financial obligation. If you’re being blamed for an accident, seek legal help from an experienced Florida injury lawyer. An attorney will ensure that you don’t take on unfair blame. They’ll protect your right to a fair personal injury settlement that fully compensates you.

Common Injuries Suffered By Florida Personal Injury Victims

Every accident is different, as are the injuries sustained by each victim. 

At Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers, we’ve helped people recover compensation after suffering:

  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Fractured and broken bones
  • Back injuries
  • Whiplash and other neck injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries, including concussions
  • Amputations
  • Nerve damage
  • Internal bleeding and organ damage
  • Burns
  • Chest injuries
  • Injuries to the face and teeth
  • Catastrophic injuries

Let us handle the legal issues while you focus on your well-being. Call us today for immediate assistance.

How Much Does It Cost To Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer in Florida? 

It won’t cost you anything upfront to hire our Florida injury attorneys. We take cases on a contingency fee basis. That means you only owe attorney’s fees if we reach a favorable resolution in your case. 

Our legal fees will be deducted from the settlement or court award we win on your behalf. Our share is typically between 33-40%, but we’ll discuss the specifics during your free consultation. 

How Long Do I Have To File a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Florida? 

Florida personal injury lawsuits are subject to a deadline, known as the statute of limitations. For most negligence-based cases, you’ll have two years from the accident date to file. For wrongful death cases, the time starts on the victim’s date of death. 

However, other cases may provide more or less time to take legal action against the at-fault party. That’s why it’s essential that you speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer in Florida as soon as possible. That way, you’ll preserve your legal right to compensation.

Schedule a Free Case Evaluation With Our Experienced Florida Personal Injury Lawyers

If you’ve suffered a personal injury in Florida, you don’t have to deal with the aftermath alone. The skilled legal team at Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers is here to assist. 

We’ll handle your insurance claim from start to finish, allowing you time to rest and recuperate. Contact our Florida law office for a free initial consultation to discuss your case and how we can help.

Anthony David
Anthony David
Winters & Yonker are an extremely knowledgeable car accident attorneys in Tampa. Marc represented me injured in a car crash when I was coming off I-4. He is clearly the best in the field! The entire team at his firm is AMAZING!!!They helped through my whole process always keeping me up to date. They referenced me to the best doctors to assist in my recovery. I always felt comfortable with every part of it specially now in the pandemic time. The stuff is very friendly and always available for you. I specifically like to thank PRE-LITIGATION department. They were passionate, dedicated and professional. Marc worked very hard on my case and did fantastic job!!! I am very pleased with the outcome of my case. The results are outstanding. I highly recommend Marc and his entire Firm. You guys are AWESOME! Thank You to everyone at this firm!
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
Hameed Owens
Hameed Owens
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