• 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.


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  • 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.


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  • 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.


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  • 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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  • 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.


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  • 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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Updates

  • Jun19

    Medical Malpractice Third Leading Cause of Death

    The insurance industry would have the public believe that plaintiff's attorneys' file frivolous lawsuits that threaten health care in our country.  A recent study shows this is not true.  In fact, the opposite of true.  Medical malpractice kills hundreds of thousands of patients every year, and only a fraction of those deaths result in a lawsuit. 

    The study shows that “medical errors” are tragically common and now are the third-leading cause of death in the United States — claiming 251,000 lives every year, more than respiratory disease, accidents, stroke and Alzheimer’s.  This equiates to nearly 700 deaths a day — about 9.5 percent of all deaths annually in the United States. Only heart disease and cancer kill more.

    These errors cut lives short and deprive many patients of the opportunity recover from their illness and live their lives fully.  These errors range from medication errors (potent drugs given to the wrong patient), and surgeons removing the wrong body parts, to communication breakdowns when patients are handed off from one department to another.  All of the these errors were preventable and resulted in the patient dying from the negligent care they received, rather than the disease or injury for which they sought care.  

    The health care industry has known about this problems for nearly two decades and has failed to take effective action.  In 1999, the Institute of Medicine issued a report calling preventable medical errors an “epidemic”.  The IOM, based on one study, estimated deaths because of medical errors as high as 98,000 a year.  Correcting the errors should have been among the health care industries highest priorities.  Unfortunately, twenty years later, it appears the epidemic has gotten worse.

    The biggest hurdle in addressing this epidemic may be very basic - acknowledging and openly addressing the problem.  When medical error causes a death, the event (if it is investigated at all) is investigated by the institution were the error occurred.  As many families and patients injured by medical errors have experienced, hospitals and doctors rarely admit the error and usually deny any problem.  If they do investigate, the investigation is confidential and never released to the public.  

    Compare this to the aviation industry.  When a plane crashes, the airline does not control the investigation, and the investigation is not confidential.  The results are open to the public so that other airlines learn from the mistake and the public has confidence that the process has been improved.  The medical community needs to embrace this transparent and scientific approach.  Until they do, more unnecessary death and injuries will occur from medical negligence.  

     

     

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