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How Serious is Your Injury?

Not all injuries will require the use of a lawyer. If your injury is minor and you have the time to work on the legal and insurance claims on your own, it is possible for you to settle your own claim. It is important, however, that you consider seeking help from an attorney for any injury that has pain that lasts for longer than a few days and that requires medical care. If your injury necessitated hospitalization, surgery, physical therapy, rehabilitation, chiropractic work, cosmetic surgery or orthopedics, you likely need to have your case evaluated by an injury lawyer. When claims involve substantial past and future medical expenses, their value can be significantly increased when you have good legal representation.

California law provides that a person is not only entitled to the cost of their present medical treatment in a personal injury claim.  They are also entitled to the cost of any future medical care, compensation for current and future lost income that results from not being able to work and "general damages." What are "general damages"?  This is additional compensation for both the physical pain (present and future) and emotional distress caused by the injury.  This includes compensation for "physical impairment, disfigurement (e.g. permanent scars or limps), inconvenience, grief, anxiety, and the loss of enjoyment of life."  There is no fixed standard or formula for calculating these losses.  Experienced injury lawyers who deal with insurance companies all the time, have experience presenting these claims to juries and know what jury verdicts are, and have experience presenting all the evidence are in the best position to make sure that the value placed on your "general damages" is as high as it can possibly be!

In addition, insurance companies tend to want to obtain extensive information before they agree to pay out on a claim with a serious injury like a fracture, torn tendon or ligament, herniated discs causing nerve impingement or similar type bodily injuries.  They often want the claimant to provide extensive medical records, be subjected to a "deposition" (a formal statement made to a court reporter under oath), or a physical examination by one of their doctors.  This process will most likely not take place unless and until a lawsuit is filed and the parties are engaging in so-called "discovery".  Going it on your own through such formal proceedings is never advisable.  Having an attorney to guide you through this process can mean all the difference when it comes to getting full compensation for any type of significant personal injury.

Client Reviews
I have known Steven for some time now and when his services were required he jumped in and took control of my cases. I had two and they were handled with the utmost professionalism and courtesy. He went the extra mile regardless of the bumps in the road. I can not see me using any other attorney and I would recommend him to any of my family and friends. Josie A.
Steven was vital during our most trying time. He was referred by a friend after an accident that involved a family member. While he was critical and lying in the hospital, Steven was kind, patient and knowledgeable about what we were going through. Following our loss, Steven became a tough and aggressive negotiator and made sure that we receive a huge compensation. I would refer Steven in fact, this happened 2 years ago and I still speak highly of his service. Cheryl S.
Mr. Sweat is a pitbull in the courtroom as well as settlement negotiations - You can't have a better equipped attorney in your corner! It is a pleasure working as colleagues together on numerous cases. He can get the job done. Jonathan K.
Because of Steven Sweat, my medical support was taken care of. Plus, I had more money to spare for my other bills. Steven is not only an excellent personal injury lawyer, providing the best legal advice, but also a professional lawyer who goes beyond his call of duty just to help his clients! He stood up for me and helped me get through the process. I would definitely recommend. I couldn't think of any better lawyer than him. MiraJane C.
I must tell anyone, if you need a great attorney, Steve sweat is the guy! I had an awful car accident and had no idea where to turn. He had so much to deal with because my accident was a 4 car pile up. Not to mention all the other cars were behind me and they were not wanting to settle in any way! He never stopped working for me and had my best interest at heart! Audra W.
I believe I made the best choice with Steven M Sweat, Personal Injury. I was very reluctant to go forward with my personal injury claim. I had a valid claim and I needed a professional attorney to handle it. I felt so much better when I let Steven take my case. His team did everything right and I am very satisfied. Stia P.
I have to say that Steve has been exemplary! I met Steve at a point with my case that I was ready to give up. He took the time and dealt with all of my concerns. Most importantly, he was present and listened to what I was going through. He was able to turn things around, put me and my case on the right track! The results were better that expected! Highly recommend!! Cody A.