Smith Coonrod Mohlman LLC Attorneys Included In This Year’s Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers List

Missouri and Kansas personal injury law firm Smith Coonrod Mohlman, LLC, is proud to announce the inclusion of lawyers Rachel Smith, Mike Mohlman and Michael Stipetich in this year’s Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers is a service that rates outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Ms. Smith and Mr. Stipetich have been named Missouri and Kansas Rising Stars as top up-and-coming attorneys. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in any state are chosen as Rising Stars, and selection to this list is made by the research team at Super Lawyers. Ms. Smith has been named a Rising Star every year since 2009. This is the first year that Mr. Stipetich has been included.

Mr. Mohlman has been named to the Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyer list as one of this year’s top attorneys in Missouri and Kansas. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in any state are selected as Super Lawyers. Selection to the Super Lawyer list is made by using a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and reviews by other lawyers. Mr. Mohlman has been listed as a Super Lawyer since 2009.

Ms. Smith and Mr. Mohlman primarily represent people that have been injured through no fault of their own. They focus their practice on serious injury cases caused by car, truck and motorcycle wrecks, wrongful death, premises liability and electrical shock. Mr. Stipetich also handles personal injury cases and other tort cases, but his primary practice is devoted to representing workers in employment matters, including wrongful termination, discrimination/retaliation, worker’s compensation, and wage and hour litigation.

Smith Coonrod Mohlman, LLC Signs Lease for New Office Space

Smith Coonrod Mohlman, LLC is moving to the Country Club Plaza on January 1, 2013. We have signed a lease for 5600 square feet of space on the 7th floor of the Plaza West Building at 4600 Madison, Kansas City, Missouri. We are all very excited about the new office which will provide us more space and better facilities as well as the latest in technology in order to better serve our personal injury and business clients in Kansas and Missouri. We will be providing more information as the move grows nearer. In the meantime, come see us at our current office at 7001 W 79th St., Overland Park, Kansas 66204.

Partner Rachel Smith selected as one of Missouri Weekly’s 2012 “Up and Coming Lawyers”

Smith Coonrod Mohlman is proud to announce that Rachel Smith was
selected as one of the Missouri Lawyers Weekly “Up and Coming
Lawyers”. These lawyers were selected because they go above and
beyond in the legal profession for 2012. Attorneys were selected
based on their contribution to the legal profession in their
community.
Rachel has been active in many philanthropic organizations
in Kansas City including spending eight years on the board of Big
Brothers Big Sisters, co-founding Smith Coonrod Mohlman Kids
Foundation, and supporting many, many others. She is a dedicated
personal injury attorney who handles a wide range of negligence cases,
including car, truck and motorcycle wrecks. She is devoted to her
clients, and to promoting community safety. She has obtained
significant recoveries for her clients, most recently a case involving
a child on an ATV, and a museum patron who had his fingers severed by
a defective and misused door.

Partner Rachel Smith is a Woman Who Means Business

Smith Coonrod Mohlman, LLC is pleased to announce that founding partner Rachel Smith has been named to the Kansas City Business Journal’s list of Women Who Mean Business for 2012.  Each year the Business Journal selects 25 women from all types of businesses in the Kansas City metropolitan area.  These women are selected by a panel of judges as being outstanding for their business accomplishments, growth plans for their companies, contributions to the community and efforts to improve the climate for women in business.  Rachel and this year’s other honorees now join 300 other women selected over the past 12 years to join this elite group of business women.

Rachel and Brett Coonrod founded the firm in 2005 with the goal of assisting clients who have suffered personal injury accidents through the fault of others and in handling small business matters with an emphasis on litigation.  They were joined by Rachel’s former classmate Mike Mohlman in 2011 who brought experience in complex personal injury cases from Independence to Overland Park.  The firm now has six attorneys and practices on both sides of the state line.  If you have personal injury or business related legal issues in Kansas City, KS or surronding areas, come see Rachel.  She means business.

This week’s legal resources you might have missed: Jan. 16 – 20

At Smith Coonrod Mohlman, LLC. we enjoy keeping up with the latest legal news and sharing it with you. We firmly believe that is important to keep up with industry happenings because it is just one more way that we can help you. An unfortunate vaccination error results in the loss of four limbs for a Miami teenager, “idiot”insult in an email sent to 400 people sparks a lawsuit, and while the wrongful death lawsuits from the 2010 West Virginia mine explosion have finally been settled, it’s far from over for Alpha.These were some of the topics gracing legal headlines this week. As always, we thank you for reading. Have a good one!

1. Miami teenager loses limbs due to vaccination error. The teen, who lost all four limbs as a result of the expired vaccine, has recently been awarded $12.6 million in the lawsuit. However, an appeal is likely.

2. Take a deep breath before you fire off that heated work email. A housing inspector has filed a civil against a real estate agent and her company after the real estate agent called him a “total” idiot in an email sent to more than 400 people.

3. It’s far from over for Alpha Natural Resources. The 2010 West Virginia mine explosion claimed the lives of 29 men. Nearly two years later, the wrongful death lawsuits filed by the families have been settled. But after acquiring Massey Energy for $7.1 billion, it also acquired a civil lawsuit filed by Massey Shareholders.

Thank you for reading. Have a great Friday!

This week’s legal resources you might have missed: Jan. 9 – 13

At Smith Coonrod Mohlman, LLC. we enjoy keeping up with the latest legal news and sharing it with you. We firmly believe that is important to keep up with industry happenings because it is just one more way that we can help you. A bungee jumping disaster of crocodile-infested waters, a 5-year-old girl who might be healthy today with an earlier diagnosis, current Kansas legislature issues and the anti-clotting drug Pradaxa. These were some of the topics gracing legal headlines this week. As always, we thank you for reading. Have a good one!

1. Snapped bungee sends a 22-year-old girl plunging into crocodile-infested waters. The Australian tourist was bungee-jumping in Zimbabwe when disaster struck. She amazingly managed to swim to safety with a broken collarbone and her legs tied together. MSNBC has secured video footage of the jump.

2. Minnesota Court Appeals examines the possibility of a late diagnosis. Five-year-old Jocelyn has been battling a rare and aggressive form of cancer muscular cancer for most of her life. The issue being looked at by the court is whether or not she would be healthy today if she had been diagnosed earlier. What’s different in Minnesota? The legality of medical malpractice suits are linked to the patient’s chances of survival.

3. The Kansas Legislature is now in session. The Kansas City star has compiled a list of some of the key issues up for discussion. The session began on Monday.

4. Issues have been reported with anti-clotting drug Pradaxa. The blood clot prevention drug has been associated with a slightly higher risk of heart attack, said a recent study in a major medical journal. The relative increase in risk ranges from 27 to 33 percent.

This week’s legal resources you might have missed: Dec. 27 – 30

At Smith Coonrod Mohlman, LLC. we enjoy keeping up with the latest legal news and sharing it with you. We firmly believe that is important to keep up with industry happenings because it is just one more way that we can help you. A series of lawsuits against priests with Kansas City connections has emerged, beware the dangers of teen drinking & driving on New Year’s Eve and phony Indiana State Fair injuries- these are the topics in this week’s blog. Once again, thanks for reading. We welcome your opinions and discussion!

(See you in 2012!)

1. Priests with KC ties face a series of sexual abuse lawsuits. The recent suits filed in the last few weeks brings the total number of cases filed this year to two dozen. The three priests in question are Rev. Michael Tierney, retired Monsignor Thomas J. O’Brien and retired Bishop Joseph Hart.

2. Beware the dangers of teen drinking and driving on New Year’s Eve. A new study by Liberty Mutual and SADD reveals that teens engage in this behavior more on NYE than on any other holiday. We should all set ground rules to keep everyone safe on this holiday.

3. Two women are accused of faking injuries from the Indiana State Fair in an attempt to collect from victims’ funds. However, they must not have thought this out very thoroughly seeing as neither was present at the concert when the stage collapsed. They now face charges for fraud and could likely spend years in prison.

Best wishes for you all in the coming year.

This week’s legal resources you might have missed: Dec. 19 – 23

At Smith Coonrod Mohlman, LLC. we enjoy keeping up with the latest legal news and sharing it with you. We firmly believe that is important to keep up with industry happenings because it is just one more way that we can help you. How does a Zuckerberg v. Zuckerberg lawsuit sound? Dental negligence leads to the tragic death of a teen, and a gay couple files a lawsuit against a bed & breakfast  that denied them a room. That’s what we’ve got for this week’s blog. Once again, thanks for reading. We welcome your opinions and discussion!

1. Facebook sets its lawyers on “Mark Zuckerberg.” But here’s the catch- there’s more than one. The false Zuckerberg has been sent a cease and desist notice, and is being ordered to delete his phony Facebook account.

2. The parents of a teen who died during a routine dental procedure sue for malpractice. During a wisdom tooth surgery, a teen lost oxygen and died 10 days later. Hypoxia was the ruled cause of death, and now the anesthesiologist and surgeon face malpractice suits.

3. Two California women sue a bed & breakfast, claiming they were denied a room because they were gay. The lesbian couple is filing a discrimination lawsuit against the establishment. However, the owner claims she would also have denied a room to an unmarried heterosexual couple.

Thanks for reading. Happy Holidays!

This week’s legal resources you may have missed: Dec. 5 – 9

At Smith Coonrod Mohlman, LLC. we enjoy keeping up with the latest legal news and sharing it with you. We firmly believe that is important to keep up with industry happenings because it is just one more way that we can help you. The Apple iPad vs. Samsung Galaxy legal feud, state jobs are more dangerous than your average desk job, battery fires in GM’s Chevy Volt, and another sports scandal. This time it’s the Red Sox. That’s the lineup for this week’s blog. Once again, thanks for reading. We welcome your opinions and discussion!

1. In the wake of the Penn State scandal, child sex abuse lawsuits are emerging left and right. The next one we heard about involved former Syracuse basketball coach Bernie Fine. Now the Boston Red Sox are under speculation for new allegations.

2. Apple failed to convince a California court to ban Samsun Galazy products from distribution in the US. Apple went after Samsung and its tablets for too closely mirroring the iPad is both design and functionality. Although the court didn’t rule in Apple’s favor, this might not be over yet.

3. It’s official, state jobs are more dangerous than your average desk job. According to a recent Associated Press analysis, worker payouts show that state jobs are higher risk than non-state jobs. In Illinois, a cluster of 12 state-run facilities accounted for one third of injury compensation paid out between 2007 and 2010.

4. GM races to squash a public relations fiasco that could arise out of battery fires on its new Chevy Volt. The fires occurring in the vehicle’s lithium-ion batteries have buyers concerned. The company is offering loaner vehicles for now.

Thanks for reading. We appreciate any and all discussion! Have a great weekend.

This week’s legal resources you might have missed: Nov. 28 – Dec. 2

At Smith Coonrod Mohlman, LLC. we enjoy keeping up with the latest legal news and sharing it with you. We firmly believe that is important to keep up with industry happenings because it is just one more way that we can help you. Potentially harmful toys, the Maryland Dream Act, diagnostic errors leading to malpractice suits, dangerous (and common) driving habits and Arsenic apple juice- that’s the lineup for this week’s blog. Once again, thanks for reading. We welcome your opinions and discussion!

1. Consumer group analysis has identified certain toys that could be potentially harmful to children. Be weary when completing your holiday shopping- the toys identified haven’t been pulled off the shelves just yet. Potential dangers include high levels of toxins, strangulation & choking hazards, and damaged hearing.

2. This 62-year-old barber from Thailand was outraged when he learned about the Dream Act. After earning a law degree in his native Thailand, this man waited eight years to obtain a visa before legally moving to the United States and starting over the right way. He is not happy to hear that illegal immigrants may now get in-state college tuition rates. Do you think this is fair? Most legal immigrants don’t.

3. Diagnostic errors account for 40% of medical malpractice claims. Furthermore, careless lapses in communication are accounting for a growing portion of these diagnostic errors. Test results are too important to wait for the doctor to call you. These are preventable.

4. A new poll reveals dangerous driving habits that are quite common. We all know that it’s extremely unsafe to text and drive, and it’s not ideal to talk on the phone and drive. How many of you had ever had a quick meal in the car? Applied makeup? These behind-the-wheel behaviors are common and distract many drivers.

5. A few months ago Dr. Oz claimed some apple juices contain levels of Arsenic that exceed federal drinking-water standards. He was right. A recent Consumer Reports study backs the doctor’s claim. Make sure you’re safe.