• 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.


    Personal
    Injury
  • 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.


    Wrongful
    Death
  • 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.


    Medical
    Malpractice
  • 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
    Injuries
  • 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.


    Criminal
    Law
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Workers’ Compensation Discrimination

The law prohibits employers from retaliating or discriminating against an employee for filing a Workers' Compensation claim.  The law gives employees a right to recover benefits for work injuries, and employers cannot discriminate or retaliate against employees for enforcing their legal rights.  This law protects employees from being fired, demoted or harassed for making work comp claims.

Employers often try to discourage employees from making Workers' Compensation claims.  This is especially true where employers are self-insured, meaning they pay the Workers' Compensation benefits out of their own pockets rather than having insurance.  We see cases where employers reluctantly provide some required medical care and temporary benefits, but will fire an employee if the employee pursues their full benefits for permanent injuries.  

The Missouri Supreme Court recently changed the law in favor of employees who have been the victim of this type of discrimination.  Under the old law, employees had to prove that the Workers' Compensation claim was the "exclusive" cause for the retaliation, harassment or discrimination.  This was a very difficult standard because employers could almost always make up some other excuse for firing an employee.  

The law recently changed so that employees now only have to show that the work comp claim contributed to the decision to fire the employee.  This standard is more fair to employees, and more effectively holds employers accountable for improper discrimination.

If you have been fired or retaliated against after making a Workers' Compensation claim, give us a call.  We will review your case free of charge.  If we take your case, you will not have any out of pocket expenses, and will not owe us anything unless we are succesful and recovery money on your case.  

Related FAQs

  • 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 Malpractice

    Wrongful Death

    Dangerous and Unsafe Property

    Catastrophic Injury

    Injury Requiring Surgery

    Unsafe, Defective, or Dangerous Products (Product Liability)

    Slip and Fall Accidents

    Nursing Home Abuse and Negligence

    Construction Accidents

    Work Injury (Workers’ Compensation)

    Bicycle and Motorcycle Accidents

  • 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 of cases are generally billed on an hourly basis. We are confident we can help you so contact us now. If you have been hurt and need assistance, let BWO help you. Remember when it comes to personal injury and work comp, no money for you, no fee for us.