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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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  • 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.

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    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.

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    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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  • Apr04

    $132,500 for Back Injury at Work

    Back injuries are among the most common workers injuries.  Sometimes the cause of back pain and pain radiating into the legs is clear from an MRI or diagnostic test.  Sometimes it is not.  We recently settlement a workers’ compensation claim for a back injury that was worse than the MRI findings indicated.

    Our client slipped on ice at work causing him to fall to the ground injuring his back. At first, he did not think he was seriously injured.  He continued working for several weeks but his problems got progressively worse with time and strenuous activity.  An MRI of his low back showed a bulging disc but no nerve root impingement that would explain the pain radiating into his legs.  He also had an EMG (nerve conduction test) that did not show pain not show pain radiating into legs. 

    Doctors decided to do a discectomy where the bulging disc was repaired.  This is a procedure that is usually successful and allows patients to return to physical activity with some limitations, such as lifting.  The procedure usually resolves most of the pain.  Unfortunately, that was not the case for our client.  He condition did not improve and he had ongoing pain the back and occasionally in his legs.  The work comp insurance company argued that he was not injured as badly as he claimed because most patients have a successful recovery from the type of injury he had. 

    We hired experts, took depositions, and prepared the workers’ compensation case for final hearing.  The case settled before the hearing for $132,500 paid by employer.  We were happy to get a good outcome for a great client.  

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