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BWO fought hard to get its client a workers’ compensation award of permanent and total disability worth nearly a million dollars due to his back injury. The Employer and Insurance Company challenged the Award in every way possible.  They appealed to both the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission (LIRC) and the Missouri Court of Appeals in Springfield, Missouri.

The Labor and Industrial Relations Commission (LIRC) is established by Section 49, Article IV, of the Missouri Constitution. The LIRC consists of three members appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate. One member is classified as a representative of companies, one member is classified as a representative of employees, and one member is categorized as a representative of the public.

Over a Million Dollars to Help with Permanent and Total Disability

Permanent and total disability, or P&T, refers to those disabilities that are complete and permanent. Permanent and complete ratings are protected from being diminished and may entitle you or your family to additional financial proceeds in a settlement. The evaluations levels for each kind of disability are based on how much the residuals of stated disability impair your ability to function in life and at work. A 100% rating indicates that your disability is completely, or totally disabling.

Back injuries affect more than 600,000 American workers annually, to the tune of more than $50 billion each year. With an aging workforce and increasing medical costs, the frequency and economic effects of on-the-job back accidents will continue to rise. Most workplace back injuries are the result of overextension or twisting of the spine from heavy lifting, pulling, pushing, or bad posture while sitting for prolonged periods. Severe and possibly permanent injuries can come from falls from high places at work or even work-related car accidents. Back accidents at work tend to be painful and require elongated therapy and recovery periods.

We Fight for Workers Comp Settlements for Back Injuries

BWO fought them every step of the way. We are battle-tested and have a proven record of successful million dollar awards and awards. Our lawyers have years of personal injury knowledge and experience protecting our customers’ rights. Through time, our company has earned a reputation for excellence. Our experienced staff is dedicated to assisting injured victims to recover what’s owed to them.

Thanks to BWO’s hard work, the LIRC and the Missouri Court of Appeals agreed with BWO and affirmed the Award worth nearly a million dollars.  After losing every challenge, the employer and insurance company paid over $200,000.00 to our client in back benefits he was owed and agreed to pay him over $500 per week for the rest of his life.

Another great result for our client and Buchanan, Williams & O’Brien!  We are successful as a law firm because our clients are successful. We built our company on principle — joyful customers equal a successful company. We are proud to have earned many happy clients over recent years. See what our clients have to say about their experience with BWO. Personal injuries cause pain, suffering, and financial hardship. The financial security of your family is often at stake. We’re proud to have made powerful case results which have given customers the compensation they have been owed and put their families back on solid financial footing.

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