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Steven M. Sweat
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  • California
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Summary

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
  • 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
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Languages
  • Korean: Spoken
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Partner
Steven M. Sweat, Personal Injury Lawyers, APC
Current
Education
California Western School of Law
J.D.
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Florida State University - Panama City campus
B.S.
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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
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Consumer Attorneys of California
Member
- Current
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Consumer Attorneys of California
Member
- Current
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Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles
Member
- Current
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Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles
Member
- Current
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California State Bar # 181867
Member
- Current
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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
Steven M. Sweat, Personal Injury Lawyers, APC Website
Website
Steven M. Sweat, APC, Los Angeles Employment Lawyer Website
Website
Steven M. Sweat's Los Angeles Employment Website Profile
Blog
Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Blog
Blog
California Accident Attorneys Blog
Legal Answers
29 Questions Answered

Q. I caught an insect in my motel room where I've been staying for a week this morning ad I believe it's a kissing bug
A: Yes. You may have a claim if you sustained bites.
Q. Is it too late for me to hire a Personal Injury Attorney to negotiate my claim with insurance co.?
A: This is a typical tactic from a California auto insurance carrier. Claiming "minimal impact" and alleging "delay in treatment" are two of the more common excuses for low settlement offers. Because you have already initiated the small claims action, you have two choices: (1) let the small claims process go to it's conclusion (i.e. present your evidence at the small claims hearing and see what the judge awards you); or (2) hire an attorney and move to put the claim into limited jurisdiction. Given where you are in the legal process, the potential value of the claim, and the legal fees involved in hiring an attorney (i.e. usually at least a third of the settlement is a standard fee), you may be better off to let the small claims process conclude. That's my honest opinion.
Q. My wife was hit by a drunk driver in my car. I have full coverage but she is not on the policy. Am I screwed?
A: If she was an excluded driver on your policy, you may not be able to file any claims with your own insurance. If she was injured, she would still have the right to assert a bodily injury claim against the drunk driver or their insurance. You would also have the right to assert a claim for the damage to your car against the drunk driver as well.
Q. If I'm 15 years old and I got into a fight with an intoxicated 32 year old woman, what can I do?
A: Not enough information
Q. Live in California and was injured in Hawaii on vacation.
A: The proper venue is usually where the accident and injury took place.
Q. What is the US Civil Statute to be stated in a Negligence, Negligence Per Se, Complaint for Damages?
A: In general, negligence is a "common law" doctrine and not a statutory cause of action. However, California does have a negligence standard set forth in California Civil Code 1714.
Q. Car hit while legally parked - can't get police report. Can't get car fixed.
A: If you have collision coverage, your insurance should cover this incident.
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 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.
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Contact & Map
Steven M. Sweat, Personal Injury Lawyers, APC
Los Angeles Office - MAIN OFFICE
11400 W Olympic Blvd
#218
Los Angeles, CA 90064
USA
Toll-Free: (866) 966-5240
Telephone: (310) 595-0445
Steven M. Sweat, Personal Injury Lawyers, APC
Bakersfield Office
1430 Truxtun Avenue
5th Floor
Bakersfield, CA 93301
USA
Telephone: (661) 493-8057
Steven M. Sweat, Personal Injury Lawyers, APC
West Covina Office
100 Barranca St
#250
West Covina, CA 91791
USA
Telephone: (626) 296-3555
Steven M. Sweat, Personal Injury Lawyers, APC
Glendale Office
100 N Brand Blvd
#636
Glendale, CA 91203
USA
Telephone: (747) 229-0616
Steven M. Sweat, Personal Injury Lawyers, APC
Santa Fe Springs Office
12631 Imperial Hwy
#104
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
USA
Telephone: (562) 526-7077
Steven M. Sweat, Personal Injury Lawyers, APC
Palmdale Office
1607 E Palmdale Blvd
Palmdale, CA 93550
USA
Telephone: (661) 224-2004
Steven M. Sweat, Personal Injury Lawyers, APC
Huntington Beach Office
7755 Center Ave
#1100
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
USA
Telephone: (714) 465-5618
Steven M. Sweat, Personal Injury Lawyers, APC
Ontario Office
3535 Inland Empire Blvd
#45a
Ontario, CA 91764
USA
Telephone: (909) 874-3800