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Were you recently injured on the job in St. Petersburg, FL? You may qualify for benefits under your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy. However, getting all of the benefits you deserve can be a challenge, which is why you shouldn’t hesitate to call the St. Petersburg workers’ compensation lawyers at Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers for help.

For more than two decades, our law firm has been a source of support and justice for injured employees in St. Petersburg and throughout the Tampa Bay area. We’re award-winning Florida trial attorneys with over 119 years of combined experience and a demonstrated ability to help our clients achieve maximum results.

We’ve won millions in compensation on behalf of injured workers in St. Petersburg in cases like St. Petersburg workplace accidents, premises liability, brain injuries, St. Petersburg construction accidents, wrongful death, and more.

Let us stand up and fight to get you the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve, too. Your first consultation is free, so call (727) 314-5988 to contact our St. Petersburg, FL, law office today.

How Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help With Your Claim for Workers’ Compensation Benefits

How Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help With Your Claim for Workers’ Compensation Benefits

What do you need to do to initiate the claims process? What happens if your claim is rejected by your employer’s insurance company? How much is your workers’ compensation case worth?

Don’t try to navigate the days after your workplace accident on your own. Turn to Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers, and let our experienced St. Petersburg personal injury lawyers take the lead.

We’ve been navigating complex workers’ compensation disputes since 2001, and we’re intimately familiar with the rules, procedures, and hurdles you’ll face along the way. 

You take this time to focus on recovering from your work-related injuries, healing from the trauma of your accident, and getting back to work.

Our workers’ compensation attorneys in St. Petersburg will guide you through your claim from start to finish:

  • Confirm that you qualify for workers’ compensation benefits
  • Help you complete the necessary forms and documents to initiate the claims process
  • Ensure that your employer receives proper notice of your workplace injury
  • Investigate the circumstances of your work-related injury or occupational disease
  • Gather evidence that can be used to support your claim – including medical records, paystubs, and tax returns
  • Secure an independent medical evaluation in the event that we need to dispute an aspect of your benefits package
  • Handle conversations and negotiations with your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier
  • Appeal your claim if it is denied, or seek a better result from a higher authority in the Division of Workers’ Compensation

There are times when you may also have the right to pursue additional compensation in a third-party personal injury lawsuit. We will identify all potential legal options and help you exhaust every avenue so that you can maximize your financial award.

At Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers, our workers’ compensation lawyers in St. Petersburg work on a contingency fee basis. You pay nothing out of pocket to get our top-rated legal team on your side. We only get paid if we win your workers’ compensation claim.

Understanding the Florida Workers’ Compensation System

In Florida, employers with at least four employees are legally required to carry workers’ compensation insurance coverage. All employers in the construction industry have to opt into the system, regardless of how many employees they have.

Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, which essentially means two things:

  • You can receive benefits regardless of who caused your accident or injury – including yourself, and
  • You waive the right to sue your employer for your work-related injury or illness.

This way, you get the money you need without a long wait, and your employer doesn’t have to worry about an onslaught of lawsuits when employees get hurt on the job.

Do I Qualify for Benefits?

You qualify for workers’ compensation benefits in St. Petersburg, Florida, if:

  • You’re an employee (full-time or part-time)
  • You work in construction or for an employer with at least four employees, and
  • You’ve sustained a job-related injury or been diagnosed with an occupational disease.

Independent contractors don’t have the same protections as employees under the law. So, you’ll have to seek alternative sources of compensation if you are hurt while working in St. Petersburg.

Workers’ compensation is intended to compensate employees who sustain accidental injuries or illnesses at work. So what qualifies as a job-related injury?

Essentially, you have to be furthering your employer’s business by performing a task or responsibility within your scope of employment.

You won’t qualify for workers’ compensation if you get hurt on your own personal time during a break during the day or if you get into a car accident on the way to work.

However, you might qualify for workers’ compensation after a car accident or truck accident if you were running an errand for your boss or if your job involves driving.

Your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company might try to argue that your injury wasn’t sustained in the course of your employment, so it can be important to have an experienced personal injury attorney representing you throughout the claims process.

What Workers’ Compensation Benefits Are Available to Injured Workers in Clearwater, FL?

Florida offers limited economic benefits to injured employees under the state’s workers’ compensation system.

Medical Benefits

You are entitled to compensation for the cost of reasonable and necessary medical care, which can include:

  • Hospitalization
  • Surgery
  • Ongoing medical treatment
  • Rehabilitation
  • Medical devices 
  • Medical equipment
  • Prosthetics
  • Transportation 

Your care, however, must be provided by a physician who has been pre-approved by the insurance company. So, you typically won’t be able to see your own doctor. Florida law gives you the right to obtain one independent medical exam (IME) so that you can have an objective third party review your situation.

Cash Benefits

You might have to miss time at work when you’re injured or become sick on the job. Florida provides cash benefits – or benefits for lost wages and income – in certain situations.

  • Total temporary disability (TTD): two-thirds of your average weekly wages (pre-accident) if you’re completely unable to work
  • Partial temporary disability (PTD): a percentage of your average weekly wage (pre-accident) and what you’re capable of earning now if you can work in some capacity
  • Permanent total disability (PTD): two-thirds of your average weekly page (pre-accident) if you are diagnosed with a total disability and will not be able to return to work in any capacity
  • Impairment income benefits (IIB): a percentage of your average weekly page (pre-accident) if you are given an impairment rating (IR) that impairs your earning capacity

Death Benefits

If an employee is killed in a fatal workplace accident or dies after being diagnosed with an occupational illness or disease, surviving family members may qualify for death benefits.

Death benefits can include money for funeral and burial expenses and lost wages and income.

No matter what industry you work in or what type of job you have, you can sustain serious and life-changing injuries in an unexpected accident. As long as you’re covered, you should be entitled to benefits to help you cover your costs and get back on your feet.

At Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers, we represent clients in workers’ compensation claims involving:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Falls from heights
  • Construction accidents
  • Heavy machinery accidents
  • Electrocution
  • Roofing accidents
  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Scaffolding accidents

Don’t hesitate to reach out to our legal team if you’ve recently been involved in an accident at work. We can help you explore your legal options and begin to formulate a strategy to get you the compensation you deserve.

When Do I Have To File My Claim By To Receive Florida Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

Under Florida law, you have to notify your employer about your job-related injury within 30 days of getting hurt.

Once you’ve done this, you’ll have two years from the date of your injury to file a formal claim for workers’ compensation benefits.

Can I File a Lawsuit To Supplement My Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

Since workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, you generally cannot file a lawsuit against your employer if you get hurt on the job. 

However, you still reserve the right to bring a legal claim against a third party that contributed to your accident. This could mean filing a lawsuit against a manufacturer of a dangerous product, a property owner, or even a negligent motorist after an auto accident.

In a third-party lawsuit, you can generally recover economic and non-economic awards, which make up for your financial losses and things like pain and suffering

Schedule a Free Consultation With an Experienced St. Petersburg Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company won’t make the claims process easy for you. They might try to undervalue your claim, underestimate the seriousness of your injuries, or deny your claim altogether. 

Our experienced St. Petersburg workers’ compensation lawyers are ready to put 119+ years of combined experience to work to help you make the most of your fight for benefits.

We offer a free case evaluation, so don’t hesitate to reach out to our legal team in St. Petersburg, FL, to get started 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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