• Personal Injury

    Have you or a loved one been injured or killed because of someone else's fault? We have litigated personal injury cases for 35+ years and have the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. Contact us now and click here to learn more about our successful personal injury practice.

  • Wrongful Death

    Wrongful death is when a person or company causes the tragic death of a loved one. Our attorneys can help if you have lost someone. Money can never replace what was lost, but it may provide security and help prevent future tragedies caused by dangerous companies and individuals. We have offices in Joplin and Carthage and can handle cases anywhere, anytime: Springfield, Kansas City, Columbia, Jefferson City, Rolla, etc. Contact us now and click here to learn more about BWO's wrongful death practice.

  • Medical Malpractice

    We pride ourselves on being strong and successful patient advocates for those who have been injured or killed because of medical error. The prestigious Journal of Patient Safety recently reported that as many as 440,000 people die every year from unnecessary medical mistakes. Although many doctors try their best, they are like everyone else and sometimes make mistakes. When mistakes happen, let BWO's expert patient advocates help you. Contact us now and click here to learn more about our substantial medical malpractice experience.

  • Automobile & Trucking Accidents

    Roadway crashes seriously injure and kill victims every day. If you or a love one has been involved in a car or truck accident, contact the lawyers at BWO today! We have 35+ years of experience to help you get the best result possible.

    Automobile &
    Trucking Accidents
  • Work Place Injuries

    Have you been hurt on the job? If so, you are at the right place because we can help. We are one of the leading Workers' Compensation law firms in the area. We have seen virtually every type of injury there is in our 35+ years of representing hurt workers. Plus, we have the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. We know the law and will work hard to ensure you get the best results possible. Contact us now and click here for more information about work place injuries.

    Work Place
  • Family Law & Divorce

    When you need assistance in the area of family law and divorce, the first thing you should do is call BWO because we can help. We have 35+ years of experience. Our trial attorneys have fought for our clients in almost every courthouse in front of every judge in Southwest Missouri. Contact BWO now and click here to learn more about our law firm's family law and divorce practice area.

    Family Law
    & Divorce
  • Criminal Law

    Buchanan, Williams, & O' Brien has a strong and well-deserved reputation of fighting for the rights of our criminal law clients. We have attorneys that understand the system and know what needs to be done to make sure our client's rights are protected. We have handled all types of criminal law cases and we can help you. Contact us now and click here to learn more about BWO's criminal law practice.


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What Separates BWO from other firms?

Loyalty to our clients and outstanding customer service is the backbone of Buchanan, Williams & O' Brien's practice. For 35+ years now, BWO has dedicated itself to assisting our clients in every way we can, however big or small the issue may be. BWO has the dedication to its clients, the experience, and the proven results to help you today!

  • Our Experience

    35+ Years Fighting For Our Clients' Rights With Proven Results.

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  • What to Expect

    Our Legal Team is Dedicated to You and Your Case. All Day, Every Day.

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  • The Cost

    If You've Been Hurt, You Don't Owe Us A Dime Until We Collect For You.

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  • Results

    BWO Gets Results for Our Clients. We Try Cases. We Win Cases.

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Frequently Asked Questions


What Kind of Personal Injury Cases do Buchanan, Williams & O' Brien Handle?


Our attorneys handle all types of personal injury lawsuits for clients located in Missouri and throughout the United States, including those arising out of: Automobile and Trucking Accidents Medical...


I have been hurt and cannot afford an attorney. What do I do?


Hire BWO to help you with your personal injury and work comp cases. At BWO, you do not owe us a dime until we get money for you. Other types...

  • Receive a FREE Phone Holder by Taking the Joplin Safety Pledge

    11 months ago

    At Buchanan, Williams & O’Brien (BWO) we have helped to protect Joplin workers and drivers in the aftermath of injuries for over 35+ years. These accidents, caused by the carelessness of others, can lead to significant harm and are often out of your control.

    For the...

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  • $510,000 for Trench Collapse

    one year ago

    Well designed trenches should not collapse.  Unfortunately, that is what happened to our client.  The trench collapse covered him in dirt up to his chest causing injuries to his neck, low back and knee.  Our client's supervisor told him to get into the trench even...

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  • $650,000 for Medical Malpractice Settlement

    2 years ago

    Medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in our country.  Far too many people die from medical errors.  We are proud to help victims of medical malpractice and their families.  

    We are happy to report that we recently resolved another ...

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  • $1,500,000 Settlement for BWO Client

    3 years ago

    BWO resolved a case for a client with a $1,500,000 settlement.  The parties and the details of the case are confidential.  However, we are happy to report another good result for a very deserving client.  We are happy to have made a positive difference in our ...

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  • $1,000,000 Award Upheld By Appeals Court

    2 years ago

    BWO recently obtained a workers’ compensation Award for our client valued at more than $1,000,000. The Award came after a hearing in front of a workers' compensation judge in Joplin, Missouri at the Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation.

    Our client's husband was killed in an...

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  • Appeals Court Win for BWO Client

    2 years ago

    If you are injured on the job because of the fault of someone other than your employer, you can bring a personal injury action against the person/company at fault.  A complication in this type of lawsuit is that the employer/insurer that paid workers' compensation benefits...

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