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Did you or a family member suffer injuries in a construction site accident in Lakeland, FL? Many injured workers don’t know that they may be entitled to damages under workers’ compensation and personal injury laws. If you need help getting fair compensation, an experienced Lakeland construction accident lawyer at Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers can help you fight for compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and more.

Our lawyers have over 119 years of combined experience fighting for injured workers in Lakeland and across Polk County. We have the proven track record of success that you want in your corner.

You don’t have to handle your insurance battle alone, our lawyers can help you handle any type of injury matter, such as workplace accidents in Lakeland, wrongful death cases, premises liability claims, and more.

Contact our law offices in Lakeland, Florida, to schedule a free consultation today at (863) 251-6196.

How Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help With a Construction Accident Injury Claim in Lakeland 

How Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help With a Construction Accident Injury Claim in Lakeland

Construction is a dangerous occupation. Still, you shouldn’t have to assume the risk that you’ll suffer injuries on the job. That’s why every employer in the construction industry must carry workers’ compensation insurance if they have even one employee.

The claims process is rarely simple or straightforward. If you were hurt on the job, it’s always a good idea to speak with an experienced Lakeland personal injury lawyer.

When you hire Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers to protect your rights, we will:

  • Investigate and determine who caused your accident
  • Determine whether you’re eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit
  • Calculate the fair value of your workers’ comp benefits
  • Defend you if your workers’ compensation claim is denied or undervalued
  • Handle all negotiations with the workers’ compensation insurance company

Don’t wait another day to get legal advice. Call our Lakeland personal injury attorneys for a free consultation today.

How Common Are Construction Accidents in Lakeland, FL?

As of May 2021, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated that about 398,060 Florida residents worked in the construction industry. It’s no secret that construction is a dangerous industry. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), about 20% of all workplace fatalities occur in the construction industry each year.

In the State of Florida, 113 construction workers died on the job in 2021. That’s more workplace fatalities than any other industry in the state.

What Is My Lakeland Construction Accident Case Worth?

The value of a construction accident claim depends on many different factors. One of the most important factors is the severity of your injuries. It also matters whether you’re limited to workers’ compensation benefits or entitled to file a separate personal injury lawsuit for damages.

The value of a workers’ comp claim in Florida depends on:

  • The cost of your medical care, including rehabilitation and travel costs
  • The length of your recovery period
  • Whether you are partially or totally disabled
  • Whether your disability is permanent or temporary
  • Your earnings prior to the injury

All of your medical costs will be covered, assuming you follow the rules and visit an approved doctor. 

However, Florida state law limits the amount of workers’ compensation wage replacement benefits you can receive. You’ll receive about two-thirds of your average weekly wages prior to the accident. An additional limitation caps the amount of compensation you can receive at $1,197 per week if your accident occurred in 2023. The maximum applies regardless of your prior earnings record.

You may be entitled to additional damages if a third party caused your accident. While you cannot sue your employer or co-workers for damages under Florida law, you can file a lawsuit against anyone else whose acts contributed to your injuries.

What Types of Compensation Are Available to Construction Accident Victims in Florida?

Workers’ compensation provides benefits to cover at least some of your economic damages after an accident and injury.

Injured construction workers can file a claim for workers’ comp benefits to cover:

  • All reasonable and necessary medical expenses
  • Income replacement benefits, which may include total temporary disability benefits, partial temporary disability benefits, permanent total disability benefits, or impairment benefits
  • Death benefits in cases involving fatal construction site accidents

If you are able to file a personal injury lawsuit, you can seek compensation for full economic damages and non-economic damages, including:

  • Past and future medical bills, if those costs aren’t covered by workers’ comp
  • 100% of your lost income
  • Reduced earning potential
  • Rehabilitation 
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Physical disfigurement and scarring
  • Anxiety, depression, and PTSD
  • Loss of consortium

In rare cases, punitive damages may even be available.

How Do I Know Whether I Have a Valid Personal Injury Lawsuit?

To determine whether you have a valid personal injury lawsuit, you must identify the parties who are legally responsible for your accident.

You may have a valid workplace injury case against:

  • A negligent driver in a car accident
  • Manufacturing companies that sell defective tools or equipment
  • General contractors
  • A property owner who failed to fix dangerous property conditions
  • A third-party supplier
  • Employers of negligent employees

The defendant in your case really depends on the circumstances of the accident. The only limitation is that you cannot sue your employer for damages.

Can I Recover Compensation for My Injuries If I’m Being Blamed for a Construction Accident in Florida?

In most cases, you can recover compensation under Florida’s no-fault workers’ compensation laws even if you are totally responsible for your own injuries.

The modified comparative fault laws in Florida limit your right to recover compensation in a personal injury lawsuit if you share some blame. If you’re partly responsible, your damages are reduced according to your percentage of fault. If you are mostly at fault, you cannot recover compensation.

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

There are countless ways to sustain injuries on a construction site. 

At Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers, we represent construction accident victims who have suffered:

  • Crush injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Burns 
  • Eye and facial injuries
  • Hearing loss
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Concussions
  • Back injuries
  • Organ damage
  • Traumatic amputations
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Catastrophic injuries
  • Wrongful death of a loved one

A serious injury can make life difficult. If you were injured, our lawyers are here to help. Call our law firm to schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced Lakeland construction accident attorney who can help you get the money you need and deserve.

What Are the Common Causes of Construction Accidents in Lakeland, Florida?

Construction accidents happen for many reasons. However, some types of construction accidents are more common than others. 

According to OSHA, the four most common types of construction accidents involve:

  • Falls
  • Electrocutions
  • Accidents where workers are caught between two objects
  • Accidents where workers are struck by an object

It’s natural to wonder why these accidents keep happening. Other common causes of construction accidents include:

  • Communication failures
  • Dangerous property conditions
  • Lack of proper safety protection, including fall protection
  • Defective tools, work equipment, or scaffolding
  • Failure to properly install or secure scaffolding
  • Underqualified workers
  • Failure to provide proper instruction or supervise workers
  • Violations of state and federal safety regulations and labor laws

Any worksite can quickly become dangerous if any of these factors are an issue.

We Handle All Types of Construction Accident Claims

Like any car accident, construction accidents happen under a variety of circumstances.

At Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers, we handle construction accident cases involving:

  • Scaffolding accidents, including falls and scaffolding collapse
  • Building collapse
  • Electrocutions and electric shock
  • Fires and explosions
  • Welding accidents
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Falls from ladders and heights 
  • Crane accidents
  • Forklift accidents
  • Other accidents involving heavy machinery
  • Nail gun accidents
  • Workplace violence

If you were injured on the job in Lakeland, you have rights. Our lawyers are here to protect them. Just call to schedule your free initial consultation today.

Must I Prove Negligence To Recover Damages After a Construction Accident in Florida? 

Possibly. You don’t have to prove negligence to recover workers’ compensation benefits.

If you are suing a third party in court, you must establish negligence by proving the four following legal elements:

  • A legal duty of care existed
  • A breach of duty occurred
  • The breach caused the accident
  • You suffered damages

In other cases, your lawsuit may be based on strict liability. For example, if you were injured due to a defective work tool, the manufacturer may be strictly liable even if they were not negligent.

How Long Do I Have To File a Construction Accident Claim in Florida?

There are strict deadlines that apply if you want to recover compensation for your injuries. 

You must report your injury or work-related illness to your employer within 30 days of the accident. If you wait longer, you jeopardize your right to valuable workers’ comp benefits.

The statute of limitations in personal injury cases is two years. You have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit in civil court. 

(Caveat: A March 2023 law reduced the four-year statute of limitations to two years. If your construction accident occurred before 3/24/23, you will still have four years to initiate an injury claim based on negligence).

Contact a Lakeland Construction Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation

Do you have questions about your options after a construction injury? Contact Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers to learn more about how a Lakeland construction accident attorney can help you recover the maximum compensation possible. You can also use our online contact form.

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.
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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
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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
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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
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