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Attorney David L. Sweat has been representing injured people and their families for nearly twenty years in this community. As an avid motorcyclist himself, he understands motorcycles, their riders, and their operation on the local roads and highways. Early in his career, Mr. Sweat was on a team of lawyers who successfully settled a group of product liability cases in excess of $200 million. In 2010, 2011, and 2012, Mr. Sweat achieved settlements or verdicts in excess of $8.2 million for motorcyclists or their families. Mr. Sweat frequently rides in local and regional motorcycle benefits or memorial rides, many of which are sponsored by the Law Firm of Rue & Ziffra. Additionally, he has been a featured speaker regarding motorcycle safety, insurance, and crashes at conferences and motorcycle events. Mr. Sweat is proud of his firm’s involvement in the local biker community.
Mr. Sweat also practices in the areas of workers’ compensation and has successfully tried complicated workers’ compensation cases, including receiving an award of Permanent Total Disability to a veteran which resulted in reimbursement of over one million dollars to the Veteran’s Administration. He has also been successful in court proving the connection between another client’s medication and his catastrophic stroke.
Mr. Sweat sits on the Board of APITLA, the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America and is active in a variety of other professional organizations dedicated to serving injured people and their families.
Top Verdicts and Settlements
Since joining the firm in 1999, David has obtained over $33 million on behalf of his clients. Top recent motorcycle settlements include a $4.4 million settlement and a $2.6 million verdict.
In another motorcycle accident, the client’s motorcycle was run over, crushing his leg. Unable to work, the client suffered catastrophic losses of business and property. The referring attorney was given a “top” dollar offer of less than $50,000. After working the case up the client was awarded a $285,000 settlement. Slip and fall cases are particularly difficult as it is hard to prove liability. Mr. Sweat has secured settlements of $400,000 and $125,000 in two of his slip and fall cases.
A highly qualified and experienced trial attorney, David L. Sweat handles a wide spectrum of personal injury and wrongful death cases, with a particular focus on motorcycle accidents.
- East Carolina University, B.S./B.A.
- Florida Atlantic University, MBA, 1989
- Nova Southeastern University Law Center, J.D., 1993
- American Bar Association
- The Florida Bar
- Volusia County Bar Association
- The Florida Justice Association
- American Association for Justice
- Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator
- All Florida Courts
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
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