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Steven M. Sweat
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Steven M. Sweat is an award winning personal injury attorney based in Los Angeles, California. He is the principal founding member of Steven M. Sweat, APC. The firm has been representing the victims of negligence and wrongdoing throughout California seek compensation for personal injury and wrongful death in a variety of contexts including but, not limited to auto accidents, bicycle mishaps, boating accidents, commercial and residential property accidents including slip and trip and falls and negligent security claims, dog bites, explosions and fires, motorcycle crashes, nursing home and elder abuse, railroad collisions, sexual assault and abuse claims, truck and big rig accidents, and a variety of other issues. Mr. Sweat has been named a "Personal Injury Super Lawyer" by Thomson Reuters News Service and Los Angeles Magazine for many, consecutive years, putting him in the top 5% of personal injury lawyer in the State of California. He is rated at the top of many other professional attorney rating systems including being a perfect 10.0 "Superb" in the AVVO rating system. Mr. Sweat came from a working class background and had to pay his own way through college and law school. He knows what it is like to struggle and to persevere and overcome obstacles. He is a fighter, through and through, and has been described as a "pit bull with a huge heart." He stands ready, willing and able to help anyone in need to obtain justice!

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Employment Law
  • Products Liability
  • Insurance Claims
  • Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
  • Consumer Law
Additional Practice Area
  • Car Accidents
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
    No fees charged unless and until money is recovered for you.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
Languages
  • Korean: Spoken
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Education
California Western School of Law
J.D.
Florida State University - Panama City campus
B.S.
Awards
Super Lawyer - Personal Injury Plaintiff
Thomson Reuters News Service / Los Angeles Magazine
Rated among the top five percent of attorneys and lawyers in California practicing in the area of representing individuals injured or the families of those killed by negligent or wrongful acts.
Super Lawyer - Personal Injury Plaintiff
Thomson Reuters News Service / Los Angeles Magazine
Super Lawyer - Personal Injury Plaintiff
Thomson Reuters News Service / Los Angeles Magazine
The Litigator Award
Trial Lawyers Board of Regents
Top 100 Trial Attorneys
The National Trial Lawyers
Super Lawyer - Personal Injury - Plaintiff
Thomson Reuters News Service / Los Angeles Magazine
Super Lawyer - Personal Injury - Plaintiff
Thomson Reuters
Super Lawyer
Thomson Rueters
Elected a Super Lawyer for 2012 in the area of Personal Injury - Plaintiff.
Professional Associations
Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities
Honorary Board Member
- Current
Consumer Attorneys of California
Member
- Current
Consumer Attorneys of California
Member
- Current
Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles
Member
- Current
Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles
Member
- Current
California State Bar # 181867
Member
- Current
Publications
Articles & Publications
California Accident Attorneys Blog
Justia
Speaking Engagements
Headline Speaker, Circle of Legal Trust - Annual Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada
Circle of Legal Trust
Headline speaker talking about marketing a personal injury law practice using social media and other online marketing techniques.
Certifications
Top 100 Trial Lawyer
National Top 100 Trial Lawyers
Websites & Blogs
Website
Steven M. Sweat's Website Profile
Website
Law Offices of Steven M. Sweat Website
Blog
Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Blog
Blog
California Accident Attorneys Blog
Legal Answers
18 Questions Answered

Q. 2007 I was given a serious brain injury, I developed a serious brain disease 6 years later, can anything be done
A: Unfortunately, you would need to provide some additional information. The normal deadline for filing a personal injury claim in California is 2 years from the date of the incident that caused your injury but, delay in diagnosis is possible. Consult with an attorney immediately on any potential claims.
Q. I have an involuntary lien on me for 20,000 for a car accident, I am a student and don't make much money. What to do?
A: Tough situation. Your options are to work out a payment plan or, assuming the incident didn't involve drunk driving, it would probably be dischargeable in bankruptcy. You should consult with an attorney who handles debt negotiation and bankruptcy issues.
Q. We are having problems with the other parties insurance company paying for loss of car among other things.
A: You are entitled to "fair market value" on the vehicle. Most insurance carriers calculate this value based upon a "market comparison" (i.e. what have vehicles similar to your daughters in specs and mileage sold for in the past 6-12 months). If you have collision coverage through your own insurance carrier, this is another option and they may treat you more fairly because you are their insured. While you can choose to file suit against the at fault driver and seek a judge's ruling on what they believe "far market value" should be, this would involve some time and effort on your part in obtaining proper evidence to present at a hearing. Signing a release of claims as a condition for settlement with their insurance carrier is standard.
Q. My brother took my car without asking and got into an accident.
A: Report the claim to your insurance carrier immediately. You are not obligated to speak with the insurance company for the other side.
Q. I the the persons insurance is taking full 100% lieablity how much is the pay out for my car and my self
A: This depends upon a lot of factors. For your car: the standard is the lesser of "fair market value" or the cost of repair. If the cost of repair exceeds fair market value, your vehicle is deemed a "total loss" and the value of the car is owed. As to how insurance companies calculate "fair market value": Most auto insurance carriers use "market surveys" to determine an average based upon the make, model, year, mileage and condition of your car compared to similar vehicles that have sold in the area in the past 6-12 months. For your injuries: You are entitled to the reasonable value of the medical services necessary to treat your injuries. You are also entitled to "general damages" for the physical pain and emotional distress that the incident caused.
Q. I was injured and in auto accident and their inuance issayig that they 100%at fault
A: You should seek prompt medical attention and retain a personal injury attorney. Just because the insurance company for the other driver is accepting "100% liability", does not mean they will compensate you fully for your injuries. Having a personal injury attorney to obtain medical records and bills and properly document and present your claim is essential to obtaining full and complete compensation.
Q. I would like to get a ballpark answer of how much I would receive from a major city lawsuit involving a lifetime injury
A: I agree with the other answers. There is no "formula" for coming up with a reasonable settlement value or possible judgment value if you were to go to trial. Your lawyer would be the best person to analyze this as he or she has all the information about the case and your injury. If you don't feel comfortable with what he or she is telling you, you could get your file materials copied and have this reviewed by another lawyer for a second opinion.
Q. I was involved in an accident 2 days ago. The other person ran the light & hit my tire on the drivers side.
A: Unfortunately, many if not most insurance carriers have a policy of having you rent the vehicle and then submit the bill to them for reimbursement. Some carriers still have direct relationships with certain rental agencies (like Enterprise). It usually takes a week or two at a minimum for them to set up a claim, accept liability and agree to pay for the rental car. If you have rental car coverage on your own policy, it would be much quicker to have your insurance pay for the rental. This should not affect your rates if you were not at fault in the accident because they would ask the other party's insurance to reimbursement under what's called a "subrogation claim."
Q. I had one Personal Injury Lawyers & didn't hear from them. I acquired another one. Is it Legal?
A: An attorney may still be willing to take the case if he or she feels like you have a reasonable chance of recovery. Many auto accident claims are not "cut and dry" when it comes to liability. Because California is a "comparative fault" state, you can have some fault in the accident and still be eligible to assert a claim against another party who has greater fault for causing the crash. Talk to your lawyer about this.
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Law Offices of Steven M. Sweat
Bakersfield Office
1430 Truxtun Avenue
5th Floor
Bakersfield, CA 93301
USA
Telephone: (661) 493-8057
Law Offices of Steven M. Sweat
Los Angeles Office - MAIN OFFICE
5757 Wilshire Blvd
#450
Los Angeles, CA 90036
USA
Toll-Free: (866) 966-5240
Telephone: (323) 944-0993
Law Offices of Steven M. Sweat
West Covina Office
100 Barranca St
#250
West Covina, CA 91791
USA
Telephone: (626) 296-3555
Law Offices of Steven M. Sweat
Glendale Office
100 N Brand Blvd
#636
Glendale, CA 91203
USA
Telephone: (818) 296-0981
Law Offices of Steven M. Sweat
Santa Fe Springs Office
12631 Imperial Hwy
#104
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
USA
Telephone: (562) 526-7077
Law Offices of Steven M. Sweat
Palmdale Office
1607 E Palmdale Blvd
Palmdale, CA 93550
USA
Telephone: (661) 224-2004
Law Offices of Steven M. Sweat
Huntington Beach Office
7755 Center Ave
#1100
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
USA
Telephone: (714) 465-5618
Law Offices of Steven M. Sweat
Ontario Office
3535 Inland Empire Blvd
#45a
Ontario, CA 91764
USA
Telephone: (909) 874-3800