Past Show Replays:
October 14th, 2012
Are you prepared for the next big earthquake? Most of us who live in Southern California have experienced smaller earthquakes at one time or another. Some of us were even here for the big ones including the 6.7 magnitude Northridge earthquake in 1994. However, ironically, a large number of homeowners in the Golden State do not carry earthquake insurance. We are saving money now, but if the big quake happens we could potentially lose everything. Attorney West Seegmiller talks to listeners about being prepared and what type of coverage we may need in the event of a catastrophic earthquake in our future. Listen every Sunday at 1 p.m. at KFWB News Talk 980 and call in if you have a legal question at 1-888-539-2980 or 1-888-KFWB-980. West looks forward to speaking with you.
Do We Have a Right to Privacy?
September 30th, 2012
The United States Constitution protects our right to free speech, our right to remain silent and our right to a speedy trial, but does it give us a right to privacy? There is no specific right to privacy provided under federal law, however, every state has its own constitution with laws that are created specifically for its citizens. The California constitution, for example, is one of the states that does provide its citizens with the right to privacy. Attorney West Seegmiller will discuss this and more including cases in the news. He also answers calls from listeners throughout the show. Listen to the West of Legal show each Sunday at 1 p.m. on KFWB News Talk 980.
Divorce American Style
September 23rd, 2012
Many people fall in love with their soul mate, get married and live happily ever after, but for a large percentage of those who marry the dream ends in divorce. Typically, couples who divorce fight over money issues. One’s the spender and one is the saver. Attorney West Seegmiller talks about the legal issues involved with divorce including the types of prenuptial agreements, spousal support and the fastest way to get a legal divorce in the United States. Additionally, if you are not yet married you may want to consider taking a financial compatibility test to help identify problems early on in the relationship. Listen to the West of Legal show each Sunday at 1 p.m. on KFWB News Talk 980.
Legionnaires Disease Still a Threat
September 16th, 2012
Nearly 40 years ago, a deadly bacteria outbreak quickly spread through the Bellevue Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania killing 34 people and sickening another 230 more at a gathering of members of the American Legion. The outbreak, which spread rapidly through the hotel’s air conditioning system, was a deadly new bacteria strain with similar symptoms to pneumonia. Legionnaires Disease, as it was called, has since made headlines once again in Chicago this past summer where three people died after contracting the disease through contaminated water at the JW Marriott Chicago hotel. At least 10 died in Quebec, Canada in a September outbreak. Attorney West Seegmiller will talk about liability for illnesses such as Legionnaires’ disease and whether a property owner can be held strictly liable for injuries or deaths resulting from negligent upkeep of a premise. Attorney West Seegmiller hosts the West of Legal show each Sunday at 1 p.m. on KFWB News Talk 980.
September 9th, 2012
In the wake of the recent electrocution tragedy in Valley Village, California on August 22, 2012, Attorney West Seegmiller discusses liability for personal injuries and wrongful deaths. Two people were killed as they went to rescue a man whose vehicle knocked over a light pole and a fire hydrant, but they were electrocuted during their rescue attempt. Who is liable for the death of these heroes? Mr. Seegmiller will give listeners his thoughts on this and answer questions for callers. Listen to the West of Legal show every Sunday at 1 p.m. on KFWB News Talk 980.
September 2nd, 2012
We do everything in our cars, we sit in traffic for hours, we expect traffic to be all around us… but what about pedestrians? According to the vehicle code pedestrians encompass people on roller stakes, skateboards and more. What rules apply for pedestrians? How about for people in vehicles interacting with pedestrians? Who is at fault for pedestrian accidents? The answers may surprise you! Join us as Mr. Seegmiller shares stories and gives his thoughts on this interesting topic. As always Mr. Seegmiller also answers legal questions from callers. Listen to the West of Legal show every Sunday at 1 p.m. on KFWB News Talk 980.
Protecting Your Rights
August 19, 2012
On today’s West of Legal radio show, Attorney West Seegmiller will talk about what your rights are if you are pulled over by a police officer. Most people are cooperative with police, but sometimes even the nicest person can get themselves into trouble with law enforcement. Mr. Seegmiller will talk about the dos and don’ts for drivers on our busy roadways as well as go over the three Amendments to the U.S. Constitution that you need to know about if you are pulled over by police. Can you record the conversation or video tape your own encounter with police? Listen to the West of Legal show on KFWB News Talk 980 at 1 p.m. every Sunday.
Aviation: Liability, Passenger Rights and Bad Flights
August 12, 2012
Flying our friendly skies can be scary, but sometimes what happens on the ground before takeoff that can be perilous or just downright odd. Flight attendants, unruly passengers and medical emergencies can delay a flight from takeoff, but sometimes there are delays for other reasons that can ground an aircraft for many hours. Our guest on today’s West of Legal show is Mr. John Nance, a pilot, an attorney and a media analyst for ABC News. Mr. Nance will join Attorney West Seegmiller to discuss some cases in the news and other issues affecting travelers. Listen to the West of Legal show each Sunday at 1 p.m. on KFWB News Talk 980.
Plastic Surgery: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
July 29, 2012
Plastic surgery is pervasive in our society. There’s some amazing results out there, but even celebrities can have something go wrong. We’ve all seen people with “frozen faces,” “pixie ears” or extremely large lips called the “trout pout.” Dr. Randal Haworth, MD, one of Southern California’s top plastic surgeons, is guest on this week’s West of Legal radio show. Dr. Haworth his own practice in Beverly Hills and is also on staff at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. A specialist in facial surgery, rhinoplasty and breast augmentation, Haworth was one of two plastic surgeons who appeared on the hit Fox television reality show The Swan for two seasons. Attorney West Seegmiller talks with Dr. Haworth about the growth of the plastic surgery industry, the top procedures performed on men and women and the legal issues involved when something goes wrong. Listen to the West of Legal show every Sunday at 1 p.m. on KFWB News Talk 980.
Traumatic Brain Injury
July 8, 2012
Dr. Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, PHD, and neuropsychologist and author of the book “Ahead of the Game: A Parent’s Guide to Youth Sports Concussion.” joins West as a guest on this week’s West of Legal show. Moser, a brain-behavior expert, talks with West about sports-related concussions or mild traumatic brain injuries. These sports-related injuries, which are mild TBI, affect young children differently than adults. Girls are more susceptible to these injuries than boys. Many people are unaware they even have such an injury sometimes until 24 to 48 hours after they are hit. Attorney West Seegmiller will discuss the effects of concussion on young people and take calls from listeners about their legal questions. Listen to new episodes of West of Legal every Sunday at 1 p.m. on KFWB News Talk 980.
June 24, 2012
Trust… an big issue for everyone no matter who you are. What is trust? Who should we trust? Who should we not trust? How can we tell if someone is trustworthy? Attorney West Seegmiller interviews Greg Link the co-author of the book “Smart Trust” with Stephen M. R. Covey. West also takes calls from listeners answering their legal questions. Listen to new episodes of West of Legal every Sunday at 1 p.m. on KFWB News Talk 980.
Common Car Accident Injuries
June 17, 2012
What are the top 10 most common car accident injuries reported to personal injury attorneys? Attorney West Seegmiller will talk about what he considers the most frequent injuries sustained by victims of traffic accidents including neck and back sprains, fractures and facial lacerations. Dr. Kent Choi, owner of Cerritos Chiropractic in Cerritos, and Dr. Christopher Angelopoulos, owner of Desert Cities Chiropractic in Victorville, are guests on this week’s West of Legal show. They will talk with West about what they do to treat car accident victims who suffer back and neck injuries. Tune in to listen to new episodes of West of Legal every Sunday at 1 p.m. on KFWB News Talk 980.
June 10, 2012
In the law you have to have information, the problem is many times people try to hide information. In this episode of West of Legal West Seegmiller interviews Lee Curtis who runs a company out of Irvine, CA called Precision Discovery. He is a forensic specialist that works with law firms and other agencies to recover electronic device evidence. Listen as West interviews Lee and answers legal questions from callers. You can listen to new episodes of West of Legal every Sunday at 1 p.m. on KFWB News Talk 980.
June 3, 2012
The insurance industry coins phrases such as “frivolous lawsuit,” “whiplash,” “soft tissue,” “sexual harassment” and “fender bender” to minimize serious injuries and damages in an effort to prevent the average person from having their day in court or getting a fair trial. While some cases are indeed without merit and unreasonable, there are some that are serious disputes with damages that are real and victims who should be compensated. Attorney West Seegmiller will discuss several so-called frivolous lawsuits and take calls from listeners about their legal questions. Listen to new episodes of West of Legal every Sunday at 1 p.m. on KFWB News Talk 980.
What To Do When You Get Sued
May 27, 2012
What do you do if you get sued? West Seegmiller discusses what you do in the event you get sued, how to react, what to think about, what steps to take, what your attitude should be and more. As always West takes calls from viewers and and answers their legal questions. You can listen to new episodes of West of Legal every Sunday at 1 p.m. on KFWB News Talk 980.
Service of Process
May 20, 2012
You will probably be sued in your lifetime (if you have not already been sued). Being served a lawsuit is part of being sued. West Seegmiller discusses how to be served correctly, how to accept your service, how not to mess up the case and how to improve your position in the case if you are served. As well West touches on if you sue someone how to serve them and not mess up your case by serving them the wrong way. West also takes calls from viewers and and answers their legal questions. You can listen to new episodes of West of Legal every Sunday at 1 p.m. on KFWB News Talk 980.
Teens and Distracted Driving
May 6, 2012
On today’s West of Legal radio show West will talk about being the parent of a teen driver. Indeed, parents of new teen drivers have a lot to worry about when their son or daughter gets behind the wheel. West has raised five teenagers including the youngest who is 18 years old now. One of the biggest concerns of many parents is distracted driving. West will speak with Orange County Register reporter Greg Hardesty about his thoughts on the subject as a father of a 16-year-old girl who is an avid text-messager and is in the process of becoming a licensed driver. Listen to West of Legal at 1 p.m. Sundays.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
April 15, 2012
Distracted driving affects everyone who uses our roadways including teenagers under 20 years old who make up the greatest proportion of distracted drivers. West will talk about the effect of distracted driving on one’s ability to drive. West will talk about how new technology continues to emerge as a lethal distraction for drivers, but some companies are developing ways to alert drivers to dangers rather than create them. Tune in to listen to new episodes of West of Legal every Sunday at 1 p.m. on KFWB News Talk 980.
Pedestrians v. Motorists: Keeping Streets Safe
April 8, 2012
Everyone is a pedestrian and needs to cross the road at one point or another. Here in California, those who walk, run or venture out on the roadways are especially vulnerable to being injured or killed in a traffic accident. In fact, one in five fatal traffic accidents in California are pedestrians. That’s roughly 23% of all traffic accident deaths that were pedestrians. Sadly the number of deaths has been on the rise. Statewide statistics show a 5.4% increase in pedestrian deaths to 599 in 2010 compared to 567 deaths in 2009. West discusses how drivers and pedestrians can be safe on the streets of California, what to do or not to do, specific risks and how to prevent these types of crashes, as well as new technology that may help save lives. Tune in to West of Legal at 1 p.m. on Sundays.
Sports Injuries and Children
March 25, 2012
Parents want their children to compete and play sports such as football, soccer and swimming, but they also want to ensure kids are as safe and avoid serious injuries. Childhood injuries are a part of growing up, but some injuries such as concussion or Traumatic Brain Injury can be life altering. Dr. Fardad Mobine, a highly respected, Los Angeles neurosurgeon, is a guest of Attorney West Seegmiller on the West of Legal show this week. Dr. Mobine heads up Spine Surgeon LA, a group of technologically advanced surgical centers in the greater Los Angeles Area. These centers include, D.I.S.C. in Marina Del Rey, St. John’s Medical Center in Santa Monica, Marina Hospital in Marina Del Rey and Bay City Surgery Center in Torrance. West will interview Dr. Mobine on several subjects involving young people and sports. West of Legal show at 1 p.m. every Sunday on KFWB News Talk 980.
Weight Loss Pills and Surgery: Risks v. Benefits
March 11, 2012
We want to be thin, but realistically 68% of us are overweight. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cites more than one-third of adult Americans are obese (35.7 percent) so if diet and weight programs fail where do you turn? For decades dieters have sought the elusive miracle weight loss pill, but often with deadly results. Some severely obese individuals are now turning to bariatric surgeries such as adjustable gastric banding via the LAP-BAND System, the REALIZE™ Band, gastric bypass, duodenal switch and sleeve gastrectomy procedures. But what are the risks or complications of these risky surgeries? We will talk with our guest, Dr. Joseph Chambers from the show Dr. Chambers On Call, about this and more on the West of Legal show at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2012.
March 4, 2012
Slip and falls can happen anywhere whether it’s a grocery store, a broken sidewalk or slippery stairs inside a restaurant. These injuries can range from minor bruises or scrapes to major broken bones or back sprains. So is the property owner negligent in allowing some dangerous condition to exist that caused the slip or trip? What about the safety of those amusement park rides we take our families on? What determines whether a property owner or occupier is liable? West will discuss all this and more on the West of Legal show at 1 p.m. this Sunday, March 4, 2012.
Sharing the Road with Bicycles and Motorcycles
February 26, 2012
Sharing the road with bicycles and motorcycles is not only the law, but it’s the only way to ensure the safety of these vulnerable riders. Too many distracted and aggressive drivers make our roadways dangerous for our most vulnerable citizens, but sometimes bicyclists and bikers are themselves the ones who are making dangerous moves or decisions. What rights do these two-wheeled motorists and pedal cyclists have when they are riding in traffic? How much distance do you leave if you are passing a bicycle? Can motorcyclists drive in-between other vehicles? What if you get into an accident with one of these riders? West will discuss all this and more on West of Legal at 1 p.m. this Sunday.
Child Safety in the Home
February 19, 2012
Whether you’re at home, at work, or at play – there are potentially hazardous products that can post a danger to you and your family’s safety. Hazards around the home should be eliminated to prevent injury or death of children. Some of the dangers children are faced with include flammable pajamas, faulty garage doors, carbon dioxide poisoning, unsafe products such as baby walkers, strollers and cribs, and dangerous conditions such as open swimming pools and 5-gallon buckets of liquid. West discusses the hazards our children are faced with, ways to safeguard your home and eliminate dangers to keep children safe. He also talks about what a wrongful death is and why someone would consider filing such a lawsuit. Find out more on West of Legal every Sunday at 1 p.m.
Is it Time to Fire your Attorney?
February 12, 2012
We are talking about love and money today on West of Legal – not in your personal relationships, but in your professional relationship with your attorney. When we think about Valentine’s Day we typically think love, candy hearts and fancy cards. This time of year you may want to reassess both your personal relationships and your professional ones. Sometimes you need to tell your lawyer the truth: “I’m just not that into you.” The client is ultimately the boss. If at any time you’re unhappy with your lawyer’s services, you can fire your lawyer. West will discuss reasons to break up with your lawyer, when to consider a second opinion and how money is one of the biggest complaints between clients and their attorneys. West of Legal airs at 1 p.m. on Sundays.
Police v. Citizens: What are your rights?
February 6, 2012
Most of us have been pulled over by a police officer for one thing or another, but what rights do citizens have when they are being questioned by police? Do you need to answer their questions? Can police search you, inside your car or your trunk? What about the contents of your cell phone? When do they have to obtain a warrant and when can they just rifle through your belongings. West will discuss some important cases that affect your privacy and rights. Also, West will talk about what you need to do and not do if you are involved in a traffic accident. West of Legal airs at 1 p.m. every Sunday.
About the Radio Show Host
Prior to becoming a legal radio talk show host, West Seegmiller earned a reputation as an authority on personal injury law over the past three decades handling thousands of cases for client and winning settlements of more than $100 million. A graduate of the McGeorge School of Law University of the Pacific in Sacramento, Seegmiller began earning a name for himself in college as he was selected to compete in the highly competitive Traynor National Moot Court Team and became a member of the prestigious Pacific Law Review. Later, Seegmiller began his practice and quickly became a noted lawyer in the field of personal injury. He continued his education at the Harvard Law School Program of Instruction for Lawyers, as well as The Jerry Spence Trial Lawyers College. Over the past 10 years, he has served as a Pro Tem judge for The California Superior Court and was proud to become a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum as well as the Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.