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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, Personal Injury Lawyers, 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
Super Lawyer - Personal Injury Plaintiff
Thomson Reuters News Service/Los Angeles Magazine
Excellence in Personal Injury Law
Lawyers of Distinction
Top 100 Award
National Trial Lawyers
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 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
Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Blog
Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyers and Injury Attorneys
Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer
Los Angeles Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer
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
33 Questions Answered

Q. Someone crashed in to a parked car in front of me. And the parked car in front of me hit my car. Who is liable?
A: If the party that crashed into the parked car was negligent, then they would be liable.
Q. I sold a vehicle on Craigslist, was negligent, & now I owe an insurance company 20k in damages?
A: This is a tough one. You will probably not find an attorney willing to help you on anything other than an hourly basis with an up front retainer. Unfortunately, to be relieved of liability, you must comply with the legal requirements of filing with the DMV (See Savnik v. Hall (1999) 74 Cal.App.4th 733). You may want to argue that your liability should be limited to $15,000 under the "permissive user statute" but, there are ways of getting around this. The best you may be able to do is negotiate a settlement amount (reduced by anything they recover from the driver) and try to get a payment plan on that. You can also consider filing bankruptcy to discharge the debt. Hope this helps!
Q. Can I sue the city if I crashed into a fallen tree in the middle of the road? It was night time and I did not see it.
A: It is possible. However, claims against public entities are difficult. There are legal protections called "governmental immunities" that apply to them and don't apply to private parties. There is also a very short statute of limitations (time limit to file a claim) of only 6 months from the date of the incident. Unless your injuries are very significant, it may not be worth pursuing but, I would always advise consulting and retaining (if necessary) an attorney immediately to look into these issues.
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Contact & Map
Steven M. Sweat, Personal Injury Lawyers, APC
Los Angeles Office - MAIN OFFICE
11500 W Olympic Blvd
#488
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Toll-Free: (866) 966-5240
Telephone: (310) 592-0445
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: In person appointments must be scheduled in advance but, we remain available to serve you 24/7 at our toll free personal injury helpline: 866-966-5240
Steven M. Sweat, Personal Injury Lawyers, APC
Bakersfield Office
1430 Truxtun Avenue
5th Floor
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Telephone: (661) 493-8057
Steven M. Sweat, Personal Injury Lawyers, APC
West Covina Office
100 Barranca St
#250-A
West Covina, CA 91791
Telephone: (626) 296-3555
Steven M. Sweat, Personal Injury Lawyers, APC
Glendale Office
100 N Brand Blvd
#636
Glendale, CA 91203
Telephone: (747) 229-0616
Steven M. Sweat, Personal Injury Lawyers, APC
Santa Fe Springs Office
12631 Imperial Hwy
#104
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Telephone: (562) 526-7077
Steven M. Sweat, Personal Injury Lawyers, APC
Palmdale Office
1607 E Palmdale Blvd
Palmdale, CA 93550
Telephone: (661) 224-2004
Steven M. Sweat, Personal Injury Lawyers, APC
Huntington Beach Office
7755 Center Ave
#1100
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Telephone: (714) 465-5618
Steven M. Sweat, Personal Injury Lawyers, APC
Ontario Office
3535 Inland Empire Blvd
#45a
Ontario, CA 91764
Telephone: (909) 874-3800