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YOUR CAR WRECK CLAIM How Can an Attorney Help?

I was recently surprised to have a long term colleague ask me why a person would need an attorney if they were injured as the result of a car wreck. The answer is that an attorney can help ensure that you receive fair treatment at the hands of the driver’s insurance company, and your own. An attorney can speed up the process, will have the experience to order the correct documentation and prepare a strong case on your behalf. An experienced attorney can prevent the driver’s insurance company for bullying you into settling before your injuries are resolved, or for an amount that does not cover your medical bills and your pain and suffering. An experienced Plaintiff’s attorney can also help you negotiate benefits from your own insurance company that may owe you Personal Injury Protection benefits or

Medical Pay benefits. Often you may be entitled to a lost wage claim through your own insurance coverage. A car wreck claim can be complicated when there are multiple coverages and liens. And experienced attorney can help you navigate this process with minimal stress, while maximizing your recovery and ensuring you receive fair treatment. If you have been in a vehicular accident and An experienced would like to attorney can prevent discuss your the driver’s insurance rights please company from bullying call one of the attorneys at our you into settling before office. your injuries are ~ Rachel Smith


Cases We are Actively Reviewing & Litigating Car, truck and motorcycle accidents Slip and fall claims


Consumer protection cases Construction and window defect cases Business litigation Contract drafting and review Lease drafting and review

RAISING THE BAR Fall 2011 Smith Coonrod Mohlman LLC is a proud supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City.

Real estate matters


Overland Park, KS 66204

Our firm bowling team helped the agency raise $300,000 to match and support Bigs in our community. These matches offer life-changing friendships for children facing adversity. A special thanks to all of our clients and colleagues who made pledges and donations to support this very worthy cause!

Smith Coonrod Welcomes Mohlman We are proud to announce that Mike Mohlman has joined our firm as a partner effective June 1, 2011, and that we have changed the firm name to Smith Coonrod Mohlman, LLC. Everyone at the firm is extremely excited to add such an experienced attorney to help deepen the services we can provide to our personal injury clients. Mike represents individuals who have been the victims of a personal injury, a car or tractor-trailer crash, the wrongful death of a loved one or medical malpractice. Mike was most recently a partner at The Sly James Firm, where he practiced for 9 years and helped his clients obtain a number of six and seven figure verdicts and settlements. When Sly James became the Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri last spring, Mike chose to leave the Sly James Firm to become a partner at Smith Coonrod Mohlman, LLC. Mike will continue to represent injury victims. Mike was born and raised in the

Call us anytime for any legal issue. If we can’t help you, we will point you in the right direction. 7001 W. 79th Street | Overland Park, KS 66204 p: 913.495.9965 | f: 913.894.1686 |

Kansas City area and graduated from Bishop Miege High School in 1988. He went to college at Harvard University, where he was the starting left guard for the varsity football team. Mike attended law school at the University of Kansas School of Law. At KU, Mike wrote for the University of Kansas Law Review and graduated as one of the top five students in his class. It was at KU that Mike met his current law partner Rachel Smith. Before switching to represent injury victims, Mike worked for several of the largest firms in Kansas City defending cases involving car wrecks, tractor-trailer crashes, medical malpractice and nursing home neglect. Mike has been named a Missouri and Kansas “Super Lawyer” – an honor limited to only 5% of the lawyers in a given jurisdiction – and has been named to the Kansas City Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” list.

YOUR BUSINESS & THE FMLA The Family and Medical Leave Act

absence is the result of FMLA leave

fully defended a small business

(FMLA) allows employees of compa-

but only needs to notify the employer

against an employee alleging that she

nies meeting certain requirements to

of that fact as soon before the absence

was terminated in retaliation for

take unpaid leave


for serious health


conditions of the employee, to care for family members with serious health conditions

Smith Coonrod Mohlman, LLC has the experience and expertise to assist your small business in any area of potential litigation.

leave may not exceed the equivalent of 12 of the employee’s work weeks and may be taken intermittently in any time increment. The employee is not required to prove that any

taking FMLA leave. The jury found that the business was not a joint

While the Act generally


applies to larger employers,


some instances a

or after the birth or adoption of a child. Generally the


employer with the company hired to administer




functions and therefore was too small to be covered by the FMLA. Smith Coonrod Mohlman, LLC has


the experience and expertise to assist

otherwise large enough will be

your small business in any area of

subject to the Act under the “joint

potential litigation. If your business

employer” doctrine due to its asso-

has been sued, is threatened with




litigation or needs a consultation






company over


Brett Coonrod success-



Some of the most important com-

and causing the build up of poten-

ponents of your home are the win-

tially toxic mold which, in turn,

dows. They provide access to light

can lead to illness and the develop-

and fresh air while protecting you

ment of previously unknown aller-

from the elements. When windows

gies. Manufacturing defects can

are improperly installed or defec-

include bad seals, gaps in the


corners of the windows, improper



they can allow

joining of mul-

moisture to enter




rotting its structural


... toxic mold which, in turn, can lead to illness and the development of previously unknown allergies.


etc. as well as improper installation. Smith Coonrod Mohlman




dling cases involving defective

regarding the risks of any course of

windows and has handled such

action please call Brett Coonrod.

cases in the past recovering six figure settlements for its clients. If you think you might be having

HEIRLOOM TOMATO & CUCUMBER GAZPACHO 5 cups coarsely chopped tomatoes (about 6 medium) 3 cups tomato-based vegetable juice 2 1/4 cups chopped English hothouse cucumber (from 1 large), divided 1/2 cup chopped onion (about 1 small), divided 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil plus additional for garnish 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon Tasteful Olive Aged Balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 3 small garlic cloves, peeled 2 teaspoons anchovy paste Crème Fraiche

Working in batches, puree chopped tomatoes, vegetable juice, 1 cucumber, onion, extra-virgin olive oil, 3 tablespoons chopped basil, vinegar, mayonnaise, garlic, and anchovy paste in blender until smooth. Transfer to bowl. Season gazpacho to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Garnish with crème fraiche and parmesan or whole grain croutons.

water intrusion from defective or improperly



please give us a call for a free consultation.



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What TWO iconic barbecue restaurants trace their lineage directly to Henry Perry, the "Father of Kansas City Barbecue"? Email your answer to: to be eligible to win a $25.00 Target gift certificate. The winner will be chosen at random from all correct answers received at or before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 18, 2011.

N.E. Johnson Co. Chamber of Commerce Smith Coonrod Mohlman is an active member and a strong supporter of the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber represents businesses in the northeastern portion of Johnson County and seeks to be the leading advocate for business and to promote the economic vitality and quality of life in Northeast Johnson County. Brett Coonrod currently serves as legal counsel and ex officio board member of the Chamber and is a graduate of the Chamber’s 2010 Leadership Northeast program designed to develop leadership skills and put those skills to use in the Northeast Johnson County community. The Chamber’s 2011 Annual Dinner will be held November 19, 2011at the DoubleTree Hotel in Overland Park. Please contact Lindsey Huckaby at 913-262-2141 for more information on the dinner or membership in the Chamber.

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