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Lakeland Premises Liability Lawyer

Were you or a family member injured while visiting someone else’s property in Lakeland, FL? If the property owner was negligent about property maintenance, you may deserve compensation. An experienced Lakeland premises liability lawyer at Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers can help you fight to recover money for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Our lawyers have represented clients across the Tampa Bay area for decades. Between us, we have over 119 years of experience fighting to recover fair compensation for clients like you. We will aggresively fight for any personal injury related case such as product liability claims in Lakeland, construction accidents, Lakeland workplace accidents, wrongful death claims, and more.

Understanding your legal rights is the first step to recovering fair compensation. Contact our law offices in Lakeland, Florida, to schedule a free consultation at (863) 251-6196 to learn more today.

How Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help If You Were Injured on Someone Else’s Property in Lakeland, FL

How Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help If You Were Injured on Someone Else’s Property in Lakeland, FL

Dangerous property conditions can cause serious injuries. As the victim, you have the right to seek compensation. That’s why most insurance policies cover injuries that occur on the property. 

Unfortunately, the insurance claims process can be confusing. The insurance company understands the rules and the law. They might try to twist the facts, blame the victim, and engage in other strategies to minimize your settlement or verdict.

You deserve an experienced Lakeland personal injury attorney who can level the playing field. Our legal team at Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers is here to help.

When you choose us for legal representation, you’ll get a lawyer who can:

  • Locate the evidence to support your claim
  • Help you understand your case value
  • Document your damages and file a claim with insurance
  • Defend you from accusations that you caused your own injury
  • Hire experts who can offer insight into technical or complex elements of your case
  • Negotiate with the insurance company for a fair settlement agreement

To learn more about our law firm and how a Lakeland personal injury lawyer can help prove your case, call or use our contact form today.

What Is My Lakeland Premises Liability Case Worth?

When you hire us, our lawyers will evaluate many different factors when calculating the value of your personal injury claim, including:

  • The cost of your medical care, rehabilitation, and other costs incurred to date
  • Your need for ongoing medical treatment and assistance
  • Your physical pain and emotional suffering
  • Whether you have lost income due to the injury
  • Whether you’re expected to make a full recovery
  • Whether a permanent disability will impact your future earnings
  • The circumstances of the premises liability accident 
  • Whether you share any blame

The insurance company will probably try to downplay your losses. Our lawyers are here to protect you from these attempts. Call Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers today to learn more about how much your personal injury case is worth.

What Types of Damages Can I Recover By Filing a Premises Liability Claim in Lakeland?

Several different types of compensation are available to accident victims. If your case is successful, you should recover full compensation for your economic losses. You should also be compensated for less tangible “non-economic damages,” which are losses without a clear financial value.

Examples of the types of compensation that are often awarded in personal injury cases include:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost income and employment benefits
  • Lost future earning potential and job prospects
  • Physical therapy
  • Nursing care 
  • In-home assistance
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Mental conditions such as PTSD, depression, and anxiety
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Embarrassment 
  • Disfigurement
  • Scarring 
  • Loss of consortium

Other types of damages may be available, depending on the circumstances and the specific losses you have suffered.

What Happens to My Compensation If I’m Being Blamed for Causing My Own Injuries in Florida?

Under prior law, accident victims in Florida could recover compensation even if they were 99% responsible for their injuries. Their settlement or verdict was simply reduced according to their percentage of fault.

State law has now changed. Under the new modified comparative negligence law, victims cannot recover compensation if they’re more than 50% responsible for their own injuries. If you were less than 51% responsible, your damages will be reduced according to your share of fault.

The change makes it much more likely that defendants will try to blame the victim for their own actions. It’s also much more likely that the insurance company will try to use these accusations to reduce your settlement award–or eliminate your right to compensation entirely. That makes it even more important to have an experienced accident attorney by your side.

Our Lakeland Premises Liability Attorneys Will Fight To Recover Full Compensation for Your Injuries

At Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers, we often represent clients who have sustained:

  • Broken bones
  • Puncture wounds
  • Knee injuries
  • Broken hips
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Facial and dental injuries
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Concussions
  • Back injuries
  • Burns 
  • Organ damage
  • Amputations and loss of limbs
  • Paralysis
  • Catastrophic injuries

We can also help you fight for fair compensation in cases involving the wrongful death of your loved one.

We Handle All Types of Premises Liability Claims in Lakeland, Florida

Many premises liability claims involve slips, trips, and falls. Wet floors, loose or missing floor mats, and obstacles in walkways can cause significant injuries. However, they’re far from the only way to get hurt on someone else’s property. 

At Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers, we often handle premises liability cases involving:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Falling objects
  • Negligent security
  • Dog bites and animal attacks
  • Falls from heights
  • Exposed electrical wires and electrocutions
  • Elevator accidents
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Playground accidents
  • Assault
  • Sexual assault
  • Poisonings, including food poisoning
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals and harmful substances
  • Bed bugs and other hotel accidents
  • Cruise ship accidents
  • Parking lot accidents

It’s important to document the unsafe property conditions that caused your injury as soon as possible. Property owners tend to fix dangers quickly after someone gets hurt. While you rest and recover, our lawyers in Lakeland can visit the property and gather evidence to prove your case.

Overview of Florida Premises Liability Laws

All property owners have a legal duty to maintain their property. Florida premises liability laws hold negligent property owners financially responsible when others are injured due to negligence and dangerous property conditions.

You may have a valid premises liability claim against the owner of a:

  • Hotel or resort
  • Hospital 
  • Bar, restaurant, or nightclub
  • Sports venue
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping mall
  • School or daycare
  • College or university
  • Apartment building complex
  • Office building
  • Government building
  • Public park
  • Entertainment complex

Premises liability laws apply to all property owners. As long as you were not trespassing at the time of your injury, you may have a valid case.

If your child was injured due to an “attractive nuisance” on the property, you may also have a valid claim for compensation. Owners have a limited duty to protect young children who are trespassing. That’s the case if the child is lured onto the property by something dangerous that tends to attract children–such as an unenclosed swimming pool.

How Do I Prove the Property Owner Was Negligent?

Property owners aren’t automatically liable for any injuries that happen on their property. The injured party must prove that the owner failed to exercise reasonable care. In other words, property owners are only liable for their own negligence.

Property owners are considered “negligent” when they:

  • Owe you a legal duty of care (meaning that you were not trespassing when the injury occurred)
  • Breached the duty of care by failing to exercise reasonable care
  • Caused an accident and injury

What constitutes “reasonable care” can vary from case to case.

Business owners have a heightened duty when it comes to maintaining their premises. 

Businesses are responsible for:

  • Fixing any dangerous property conditions that they know about
  • Inspecting the property regularly to identify unsafe conditions that aren’t obvious
  • Giving business invitees adequate warning about any non-obvious dangers that cannot be fixed immediately

Private property owners also have responsibilities. They must warn social guests, who are called “licensees,” about any non-obvious dangers on the premises.

What Is the Deadline for Filing a Lawsuit If I Was Injured Visiting Someone Else’s Property in Florida?

The deadline for filing a lawsuit in Florida has recently changed. Under prior law, the victim had four years to file a personal injury lawsuit. Under the new Florida law, the statute of limitations has been reduced to two years.

The new statute of limitations applies if your injury occurred on March 24, 2023, or after. The old four-year limitations period will apply if you were injured before March 24, 2023.

Call a Lakeland Premises Liability Lawyer for a Free Initial Consultation

The reduced statute of limitations makes it even more important to take legal action quickly after an accident. If you were injured, call Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers for legal assistance today. A skilled Lakeland premises liability attorney can help you fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.

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
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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