For over 20 years, Steven M. Sweat, APC has been consistently providing quality legal representation in personal injury and wrongful death claims in Los Angeles and throughout California. Our team of litigation and trial attorneys are among the most elite in the nation with verdicts and settlements in hundreds of millions of dollars. Whether you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident, bicycle or motorcycle crash, pedestrian mishap, slip and fall, work related accident or any other type of personal injury or wrongful death case, we are here to help you through this tough time.
Unfortunately, California has some of the highest car accident rates in the United States. The sheer volume of motor vehicle traffic on our freeways and surface streets especially in urban areas like Los Angeles, the San Francicso Bay Area, San Diego, the Inland Empire and other metropolitan locations lends itself to motor vehicle collisions. While many of these crashes are fairly minor, there are a significant number of car accidents that result in serious bodily injury or even death due to the level of impact involved. These include rear end collisions, T-bone accidents, drunk driving crashes, and distracted driving collisions. When two or more cars collide, many factors need to be considered to determine who may be legally at fault and against whom claims should be filed. Our Los Angeles personal injury attorney has over 20 years of experience filing car accident claims, and litigating and going to trial if necessary.Bicycle and Motorcycle Accidents
Southern California offers pretty great weather almost year-round. This allows for enjoying the open road on bicycles and motorcycles for a majority of the time. Unfortunately, not everyone is looking out for a person riding a bicycle or motorcycle on our Southland roadways. When a rider isn’t seen or unsafe maneuvers like lane changing without warning occur, bike and motorcycle riders can be struck and seriously injured or even killed. Oftentimes, insurance adjusters and even police officials tend to unfairly blame the biker. Whether you have been injured on a bicycle or motorcycle, we have helped hundreds of accident victims just like you prove legal fault and obtain money for medical expenses, lost income and the physical and emotional pain caused by these types of collisions.Pedestrian Accidents
Walking in cities like Los Angeles can be a great way to get exercise but, there are too many motor vehicle operators that don’t yield to pedestrians on our California streets. The California Vehicle Code provides legal protection in many instances and requires drivers to allow people to safely cross roadways on foot. When a pedestrian is struck by a car, truck or SUV, the potential for significant bodily injury is great given the lack of any physical protection for the person traveling on foot. In the past 20 plus years, the personal injury lawyer at our Los Angeles firm has helped obtain maximum compensation for serious injuries like fractures, head trauma and even death for pedestrian accident victims and their families.Commercial Vehicle Accidents
When a car operator, bicyclist, motorcycle rider or pedestrian is struck and injured or killed by a commercial vehicle like a big rig freight hauler, a delivery truck or driver, an Uber or Lyft operator or anyone driving a company vehicle, additional analysis must be done. In these accidents, it is important to determine whether not only the driver but, the owner and operator should be held legally at fault. Under California law, if an employee is operating in the “course and scope” of his employment at the time he or she causes a personal injury, the employer may be found liable. There are also significant insurance coverage issues that come into play in commercial vehicle accident claims that are different from your typical car accident case. We have the expertise in these areas to provide the best chance of holding all legally responsible parties accountable and obtaining compensation from all sources available.Other Types of Vehicle Accidents
Collisions and other mishaps can occur while riding in a train, airplane, bus, boat, or other type of vehicle. California has commuter and freight trains that can derail or collide with cars at railroad crossings. In areas like San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other coastal areas, people like to recreate on boats and ships (including cruise ships) on our oceans and lakes and boats can collide with each other, capsize or catch on fire. Buses form a good portion of our public transportation network and tour buses, shuttle buses and limos in and around tourist destinations and airports can cause injuries to passengers using these services. Our Los Angeles personal injury lawyer has expertise in helping persons injured in these types of “non-traditional” vehicle crashes.Premises Liablity
Property owners (including both residential and commercial), have a duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. Too often, though, landlords, store owners, restaurant operators and even homeowners allow dangerous conditions to exist that they either know about or should know about, which can cause a person on the property to be seriously hurt. These instances include slip or trip and falls, being burned or injured by smoke or fire, being electrocuted, being struck by falling objects, getting run over in a parking lot, being bitten by a dog, drownings in swimming pools, being assaulted by staff or other patrons in stores, hotels or clubs, many other types of personal injury scenarios. Whether or not you are entitled to compensation for this type of incident from the person who owns, operates or maintains the premises requires legal analysis. We have helped hundreds of these types of accident victims of the last two decades.Work Injuries
Being injured on the job and not able to work is one of the most devastating events that a person can experience. Whether you work in a factory or an office, there is always a chance that a mishap can occur that can cause a serious injury to your back, head, arms or legs or some other important body part. If the injury is caused by someone other than your employer (like a driver that hits you while you are driving for your employer or a manufacturer of defective equipment), a personal injury attorney in Los Angeles may be able to help you file a claim against that person or entity. Even if this isn’t the case, any serious injury on the job will usually entitle you to file a California Workers Compensation claim. This allows you to get medical treatment at the expense of the employer or their insurance company. It may also entitle you to be paid for the time you are not able to work and to be awarded a lump sum amount at the conclusion of the claim based upon your “disability rating.”Serious Personal Injuries
In the scenarios mentioned above and many other instances where negligence or wrongdoing causes someone to be harmed, significant personal injury claims are our area of expertise. These include serious fractures and other orthopedic injuries, damages to the spine, traumatic brain injury and head trauma, serious burns causing skin damage and scarring, amputations of legs or arms, paralysis, and coma or vegetative state cases. We have helped the victims of these types of horrendous, life-altering bodily injury claims and their families recoup money to cover present and future medical expenses, lost income and earnings, cost of home health care, and other liabilities. The personal injury lawyer at our Los Angeles firm has also argued for just and fair compensation for physical pain and emotional distress for victims and their families for over 20 years in these types of catastrophic injury claims.Wrongful Death
Losing a loved one is the most difficult life altering event that can happen to a spouse, child, parent or close relative. If the cause of death was an act of negligence or wrongdoing on the part of another person or business employee, California law states that the victims family is entitled to be compensated for lost financial support as well as the the loss of love, society, comfort and companionship that will be missed out on forever. We have represented families of accident victims killed due to motor vehicle crashes, dangerous conditions on private and public property, assaults and batteries, dangerous products, on the job accidents, and numerous other types of accidents, mishaps and calamities. We are the California wrongful death attorneys with the know-how and experience to advocate for families grieving the loss of a child, parent or spouse and arguing for just and fair compensation in these cases.Sexual Assault and Abuse
When a child or an adult is the victim of sexual abuse, it is the most extreme violation imaginable and causes a lifetime of emotional issues. Our personal injury attorney has helped many Los Angeles victims of sexual abuse in many different scenarios recover money to compensate them for this trauma. This includes sexual assaults in institutional settings like hospitals, schools, churches and community organizations.Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse
Elderly people in nursing homes and other care facilities as well as other adults who are dependent upon care givers are very vulnerable to physical, emotional and financial abuse. For this reason, California law provides protection and laws meant to compensate such victims in the event they are abused or taken advantage of while under the care of others. Our office has fought for over 20 years protecting the rights of these types of victims.Employment Claims
Losing a job and income to support your family can be devastating. Many times, lay offs are related to business decisions but, sometimes, the motivation for a termination from employment can be wrongful or unlawful. Both California and Federal Law protect employees from being terminated due to their age, gender, race, physical disability, pregnancy, serious medical condition and many other categories. These laws also protect employees from being retaliated against for requesting medical leave, complaining about unsafe work conditions, complaining about sexual harassment, refusing to engage in illegal conduct and other forms of protected activities. The law also requires hourly employees to be paid on time including overtime and to be provided meal and rest breaks. We have represented employees throughout Los Angeles and the State of California who have been the subject of illegal employer conduct.Contact a Knowledgeable Los Angeles Attorney
With offices throughout California including all parts of Los Angeles County and the ability to come see you at home or in the hospital, we try to make it as easy as possible to obtain the legal advice you need if you are the victim of negligence or wrongdoing causing bodily harm or the death of a loved one. Initial consultations are always free and we charge no fees unless and until money is recovered. Call our offices 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles. Don’t settle for less than the very best!