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Buchanan Williams & O'Brien

Dedicated Personal Injury Help in Joplin

We are personal injury experts who have gotten results for our clients in Joplin for over forty years.

We have over 40 years of experience helping individuals who have been injured by the negligence or wrongdoing of others. Take action if you or a loved one has been harmed by someone’s negligence and contact Buchanan Williams & O’Brien today. You deserve someone you can trust to fight for your rights. You deserve BWO. We are aggressive, zealous advocates for our client’s rights and we are always working hard to achieve the best possible results. We have the experience and resources to take your case to trial if necessary to maximize your recovery.

We handle ALL types of personal injury cases: anywhere, anytime.

Our personal injury team handle all types of personal injury lawsuits for clients located in St. Louis, Joplin and Carthage, Missouri and throughout the United States, including those arising out of:

  • Automobile Accidents
  • 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

No Recovery for You, No Fee for Us.

BWO has the experience you need to get the results you want. Missouri is the Show-Me State where actions speak louder than words. Consequently, you will not owe us a dime unless we recover money for you. So contact us today because you have nothing to lose. Hospital and home visits are available.

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.

Automobile Accidents

Automobile Accident

We represent clients in Joplin and across Missouri who have suffered injuries or lost a loved one in an automobile accident. Even with huge advances in vehicle safety technology and practices, these accidents still happen too often. Sadly, they are routinely caused by drunk drivers or distracted drivers on cell phones. Often uninsured and underinsured motorists are involved.

Not only do we help the victims of accidents caused by other drivers, but we also can help you if your accidents is the result of a defective or malfunctioning piece of equipment. No matter the conditions of the accident, our firm is more than capable of helping you get justice.

Injuries from car accidents can range from small to severe and even fatal.

Common injuries are broken bones, injuries requiring surgery, whiplash, nerve damage, spinal cord paralysis, amputation/loss of limbs, traumatic brain injury, and coma.

Contact us now if you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident in Missouri. We are dedicated accident attorneys in Joplin with offices in St. Louis, Carthage, and Joplin. We can easily meet you in Springfield, Kansas City, Columbia, or another location that is convenient for you. And remember, you won’t owe us a single dime unless we are successful in resolving your case.No upfront costs, no hidden fees: just outstanding service to you.

Bicycle & Motorcycle Accidents


We represent clients who have suffered personal injuries or lost a loved one in a motorcycle or bicycle accident. Such accidents include those involving drivers distracted by cell phones, radios, and GPS units. These accidents are also caused by drunk drivers and hit-and-run drivers. Often uninsured and underinsured motorists are involved.

Our firm also represents those who are injured or killed in motorcycle and bicycle accidents as a result of defective products and bad designs of motorcycles and bicycles.

Injuries from motorcycle and bicycle accidents can be severe and even fatal.

Common injuries are broken bones, injuries requiring surgery, whiplash, nerve damage, spinal cord paralysis, amputation/loss of limbs, traumatic brain injury, and coma.

Contact us now if you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle or bicycle accident. We practice in Missouri, Illinois, and throughout the United States. We have offices across the state and are happy to meet with you at a place that is convenient for you. And remember, you won’t owe us a single dime unless we are successful in resolving your case. No upfront costs, no hidden fees: just outstanding service to you.

Catastrophic Injury

Catastrophic InjuryCatastrophic injuries can change your life and our experienced, trial-ready team can help. 

Catastrophic injuries are life-changing events. Important decisions must be made when a person is terribly injured. For example, where should you get medical treatment? How much time must you take off from work? How do you pay your bills?

Serious injuries can lead to skyrocketing medical bills and loss of income from the inability to work. With so much at stake, it’s important to retain an experienced, trial-ready lawyer who can help you recover for your catastrophic injury.

We have the experience and expertise to help.

Buchanan, Williams, & O’Brien can help you. If you or a loved one have been injured terribly, we have the experience and expertise to protect you. Our team of experts handle all types of serious and catastrophic injuries including:

Traumatic Brain Injury Coma
Spinal Cord Injury Loss of Sight
Birth/Newborn Injury Electrocution
Injuries to Children Fracture/Broken Bone Injury
Internal Injury Injury Requiring Surgery
Fire/Burn Injury Amputation


Contact us today because, with our law firm, you owe nothing unless we recover money for you.

Serious injuries require serious action. Contact us now and let us help you.

Construction Accidents

CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTSWe are Missouri construction accident specialists with the resources and trial experience to help you.
A construction accident can change your life. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a construction accident, our trial team will help you protect all of your legal rights, including with the workers’ compensation system or pursuing a legal claim on your behalf.


Even though construction sites can be dangerous places to work by their nature, that does not mean you lose your rights to justice when you get hurt. Contact us so that we can aggressively pursue claims for workers injured on the job and get you the compensation you rightfully deserve.

We have the resources and expertise to help you in any type of construction accident case.

Construction work is often done from scaffolding and roofs, where the risk of falling is always present. Electrocution accidents and severe injuries happen all too frequently. Our firm can handle any type of construction accident case, including:

Falls from Ladders and Roofs Crane Accidents
Scaffolding Collapse and Falls Lifting Injuries
Electrocution and Electrical Shocks Machinery and Equipment Defects
Explosions OSHA Violations
Fires and Burns Falling Materials, such as Rock or Brick
Chemical Spills


Injured Truckers

Hurt TruckersWe provide personal attention to hurt truckers and get results. 

Our trial-ready team has been helping injured truckers with personal injury and workers’ compensation claims for 40+ years. We have law offices in St. Louis (conveniently close to Illinois) and Southwest Missouri (offices in Joplin and Carthage that are conveniently close to Springfield).

Injured truckers deserve respect and support, so we offer all injured truck drivers a free consultation to discuss their rights. We provide free trucker injury resources, and we invite all injured truckers to contact us with any question. We are proud to represent the hard-working men and women in the trucking industry.

We have the resources and expertise to help injured and hurt truck drivers in any type of case.

Our law firm dates back 40+ years to 1975 when Charles Buchanan began his personal injury and workers’ compensation practice. Since that time, we have been helping injured truck drivers recover the personal injury and Workers’ Compensation benefits they are owed. Our practice is built on the twin pillars of (1) superior legal representation and (2) exceptional personal service. Over the years, our firm has earned a reputation for excellence for helping truckers and drivers in Missouri, Illinois, and throughout the United States recover the personal injury and workers’ compensation benefits they are owed.

We handle cases across the United States including:

  • Personal Injury Lawsuits
  • Workers’ Compensation Claims
  • Wrongful Death Actions
  • Knee Injuries
  • Ankle and Foot Injuries
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Elbow and Wrist Injuries
  • Back Injuries
  • Loss of Sight
  • Loss of Hearing
  • Muscle Tears
  • Meniscus Tears
  • Repetitive Stress Disorders
  • Neck Injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
  • Heart Attacks
  • Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
  • Amputations
  • Burns

Contact us today because, with our law firm, hurt and injured truckers owe nothing unless we recover money for you.

Injury Requiring Surgery



An automotive accident or a slip and fall may require surgery.  Many negligent acts can cause surgery.  Surgery introduces additional risks, such as improper healing or serious infections. 

Even when surgery is technically “successful,” the patient often never returns to the level of health, mobility, and function they had before the injury. We want to help you get your life back on track. Life is too short to delay, we want to hear your story and help get what you deserve. 

Our personal injury team can help you if you had to have or need surgery due to your injury.  We can explain the legal ramifications and protect your rights. Contact us now if you or a loved one has been injured.  With offices across the state of Missouri, help is never far away. 

Remember, you are never charged a dime until we collect a result for you!

Nursing Home Abuse & Negligence

NURSING HOME ABUSEWe help victims of nursing home abuse and negligence.

When you place a loved one in the care of a nursing home or an assisted living facility, you expect that their needs will be met and that they will be cared for.  Unfortunately, abuse and negligence are all too common.

Even though there are many laws and regulations in place to protect our loved ones, serious violations occur every day that compromise the health, dignity, and well-being of some of society’s most vulnerable members. Research has suggested that abused elders tend to die earlier than those who are well cared for, even in the absence of life-threatening or chronic conditions.

Our firm has the resources and proven record to address any type of nursing home and abuse case.

Our firm can help you or a loved one. Nursing home abuse and negligence take many different forms.  Nursing home abuse and neglect is not limited to physical abuse, but can also be emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.

Common signs of elderly physical abuse are unexplained bruises, cuts, and broken bones.  Forms of elderly emotional abuse may be intimidation through yelling and threats, humiliation, isolation, and terrorizing, ignoring, and mocking the patient. Elderly sexual abuse also occurs, as well as financial exploitation of the elderly, which may include misuse of checks, accounts, or credit cards; stolen money, checks, or belongings; forged signatures; unauthorized withdrawals and transfers of money; and stolen identity.

We represent victims of injured nursing home residents and the families of those wrongfully killed in cases involving:

Bed Sores, Pressure Sores, Decubitus Ulcers Verbal, Psychological, and Emotional Abuse
Sepsis Malnutrition and Dehydration
Wandering and Elopement Medication Errors
Falls Choking
Physical Abuse Clogged Breathing Tubes
Sexual Assault/Abuse Burns
Physical or Chemical Restraints


Slip & Fall Accidents



Many of our clients have been injured due to a dangerous condition on someone’s property that caused them to slip, trip, or fall.  Slip and fall accidents can range from small to life-changing and it’s important to take them seriously.

Our experienced and trial-prepared team of experts can help you if you have been injured due to a slip and fall accident. Fall accidents can happen anywhere that managers, employees, and owners are negligent.  Our clients have been injured while shopping at grocery stores, shopping malls, and stores such as Wal-Mart.


Tractor-Trailer Accidents


Joplin tractor-trailer accident help you can count on. 

Many roadway injuries and deaths involve big trucks, such as tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, semi-trucks, big rigs, and other commercial vehicles. Statistically, when a large truck is involved in a crash with a smaller vehicle, 86% of the deaths and 77% of the injuries occur to the drivers and passengers of the smaller cars and trucks. These serious automobile accidents have been increasing over the years.

Truck accident cases are unique and BWO has the specialized experience you need.

If you have been injured in a crash involving a truck, tractor-trailer, 18-wheeler, or semi-truck, your legal case may be significantly different than someone injured in a typical automobile accident. The injuries suffered in these crashes are more severe because these trucks are very big and very heavy as compared to normal cars and trucks. Trucking cases also involve specialized regulations. The highly complex Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations apply to interstate trucking. 18-wheeler cases may raise issues involving technology, business practices, insurance, and the discovery of documents and electronic information that are unfamiliar to those not seasoned in handling these types of cases.

You need a team who is experienced with tractor-trailer crashes like BWO if you or a loved one has been hurt. BWO knows the ins and outs of trucking crashes to assist you. We can handle semi-truck cases anywhere, anytime, including in Kansas City, St. Louis, Joplin, Springfield, Columbia, Jefferson City, or anywhere else in Missouri. The types of cases we can handle include the following:

  • Tired, fatigued, or sleeping drivers who are driving too long and too many hours without rest.
  • Improperly loaded and overloaded trucks.
  • Improper or inadequate training of drivers.
  • Inexperienced drivers.
  • Injuries caused by semi-trucks driving in conditions of poor/low visibility or bad weather, including snow, rain, smoke, and fog.
  • Injuries caused by truck brakes not properly maintained or defective brakes.
  • Speeding drivers and driving at high and dangerous speeds.
  • Unsafe or dangerous safety systems, lights, reflectors, mud flaps, and other warning devices.
  • Failure to yield the right of way.
  • Running off the road.
  • Truck drivers driving while drunk, intoxicated, or under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
  • Reckless and dangerous tractor-trailer drivers with a past history of wrecks, tickets, and traffic accidents.
  • Aggressive driving by truck drivers.
  • Failure to install under-ride protection or under-guard protection causing catastrophic or fatal injuries.

Tractor Trailer AccidentIf you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in a trucking accident, you need our Missouri trucking accident team to represent you. When a truck driver is negligent or causes an accident, the results are often devastating.

The trucking law specialists at BWO can handle personal injury cases anywhere, anytime, including in Joplin, St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, Columbia, Jefferson City, Rolla, Cape Girardeau, and St. Joseph. The Missouri trucking injury attorneys of BWO are centrally located in the United States so that they can handle trucking accidents throughout the country.

Act quickly to protect your rights: hire BWO today at no cost unless we recover money for you!

If you have been hurt in a trucking accident, you can bet that the trucking company and its insurance agents will react immediately to protect their interests. BWO is here to protect your interests. Many trucking companies and insurance agents have a “crash response team” that immediately takes action when it learns of a crash. The insurance company deploys its agents to investigate the scene and the vehicles to find any evidence possible favorable to their side and harmful to you. Frequently, evidence “disappears” as well.

Insurance companies also try to take advantage of hurt victims who are still in shock. Before an injured victim even has time to hire an attorney, insurance agents frequently call to make empty promises and offer a settlement to tempt a severely injured victim to settle at a price the company knows is not fair based on the information it has discovered. While the trucking company has a whole team of attorneys and insurance agents working to protect their interests, victims are often told they do not need an attorney and the trucking company will “make it right.”

The bottom line is that you must act quickly to make sure your interests are protected. Evidence critical to the legal case may be lost forever if hurt victims do not have an experienced lawyer on their side. Many semi-trucks and 18-wheelers have satellite communication systems, GPS monitoring, and onboard computers that create huge amounts of data and information that may be invaluable to the legal case. These services are often provided to the trucking companies by an outside provider who may have policies that destroy the information every 14 to 30 days. Plus, the trucking companies themselves may have policies that destroy the information in very short periods of time. “Black box” information is also created by engine control modules on many tractor-trailer engines. This data is extremely important in establishing the truck’s performance and its drive. This data must be downloaded according to specific protocols established by the manufacturer. If it is not downloaded properly or promptly, the information may be lost forever.

Contact us today because you will not owe us anything unless we recover money for you.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident, you can bet the trucking company and the insurance company have already hired an army of defense advocates to protect their interests. Their overriding goal is to minimize your injuries and try to avoid responsibility for what they did.

For 40+ years, BWO has been representing injured victims. We are the go-to trucking accident team. One person is injured or killed in a trucking accident every 16 minutes. Don’t wait another minute, contact us today! We can meet you at a time and place convenient to you. We provide outstanding service to you. And you will not owe use one penny until we get money for you.

Product Liability

We are Missouri product liability specialists who provide personal attention for proven results.

People are injured every year due to defective, unsafe, and dangerous products. Big companies sometimes hurriedly release new products into the market without properly designing, manufacturing, and testing the products to make sure they are safe for users. From a defective baby swing to SUVs prone to rollovers, these products can and do cause serious injuries and even death.

The designers, manufacturers, and distributors can be held responsible for these dangerous and defective products. The incentive to hurriedly release new products into the market is clear – profit. Product liability law holds companies accountable for selling dangerous products so that profit does not come before safety.

If you or a family member has been injured by a dangerous product, contact us because we are experienced in investigating and aggressively handling products liability lawsuits. In many cases, the dangerous product may have harmed many other consumers.

We have the resources and expertise to help you in any type of product liability/unsafe products case.

We have handled products liability cases for 40+ years and can handle any type of product liability/unsafe product case, including:

Automotive/Car/Truck Defect – A car crash or other motor vehicle accident is often caused or exacerbated by defective automotive products that contributed to the injury or death. These can include car seats, seat belts, or airbag defects, crushing roofs, lack of crashworthiness, SUVs that roll over, tire blowouts, and post-collision fires.

Consumer Products – More people are injured in their homes than anywhere else, and much of the danger comes from dangerous or defective household products. We help you with your defective appliance, power tool, children’s toy, aerosol can, ladder, and garage door injuries.

Workplace Accidents – Beyond receiving worker’s compensation, you may be able to hold third parties responsible if their defective equipment contributed to your injury. Our firm is adept at identifying liable parties, including subcontractors and equipment manufacturers.

Dangerous Pharmaceuticals and Defective Medical Devices – Any medical treatment involves some risk, but sometimes pharmaceutical companies or medical device manufacturers know that their products are more dangerous than they seem, but fail to warn doctors and consumers. When pharmaceuticals or medical devices injure you unexpectedly, we can help.

Industrial Equipment and Machinery – Injuries caused by industrial equipment and machinery can be the result of design defects and manufacturing errors. Our products liability experts in Joplin and St. Louis have the experience and expertise to assess if an injury caused by industrial equipment or machinery is limited to workers’ compensation benefits only or whether a products liability lawsuit can be pursued. Contact us so that we can help protect your rights.

Toys, Children’s Products, and Recreational Equipment – Many kids and adults are injured due to dangerous toys, children’s products, and recreational equipment. We represent people who have been injured because of unsafe and defective toys, children’s products, and recreational equipment. Contact us today because we can help.

Unsafe Property

Premises LiabilityMissouri premises liability and unsafe property experts who get results.

Premises liability covers a wide range of cases, usually involving personal injuries sustained as a result of a home or property owner’s negligence. If you are injured as a result of a dangerous condition on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Property owners may be held liable (legally responsible) for things such as:

  • Slippery surfaces
  • Poor lighting
  • Walkway impediments
  • Negligent care of a sidewalk
  • Unsafe or narrow stairways
  • Torn carpeting
  • Changes in flooring
  • Wet floors
  • Violations of building codes and safety code infractions
  • Uneven stairs
  • Broken railings
  • Cracked sidewalks

Your class (invitee, licensee, trespasser) at the time of the injury will determine, in most instances, your rights in such a case because property owners owe different duties to different classes of people.

To recover in such a case, you generally must prove your injury was caused by a dangerous condition on the premises that was known to, or should have been known to, the owner. A common defense to such cases is that the danger was “open and obvious”. Property owners usually do not have to warn the public about dangers that are easily seen. We are experienced in handling these types of cases and can help you recover the compensation you deserve.

We have the experience and resources to help you in any type of premises liability/unsafe property case.

The attorneys at Buchanan, Williams, & O’ Brien have over 30 years of experience and are capable, trial-ready attorneys in any type of premises liability case, including Slip and Fall Accidents, Assaults on Property, Drowning Accidents, Exposure to toxic or hazardous substances, Dog Bite Injuries.

Premises liability lawsuits may arise in a number of establishments, including restaurants, grocery stores/supermarkets, office buildings, other peoples’ homes, malls, department stores, hardware stores, parking lots, streets, and sidewalks.


XareltoBWO is evaluating cases for people who have suffered serious bleeding events while taking the blood thinner Xarelto. In May 2014, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices reported that people taking Xarelto were suffering an increase in serious bleeding events such as gastrointestinal bleeds and hemorrhagic strokes.

This report led to lawsuits against Bayer AG, the manufacturer of Xarelto, for these injuries. BWO works with the St. Louis law firm of Niemeyer, Grebel & Kruse, LLC (NGK) to handle these cases. NGK has extensive experience handling lawsuits involving blood thinners such as Xarelto. NGK’s experience includes Pradaxa, which is a blood thinner that had similar bleeding complications as Xarelto. The NGK firm was appointed lead counsel for consolidated lawsuits involving Pradaxa, and successfully resolved those claims for people injured by Pradaxa.

Xarelto was developed to replace Coumadin, which is a blood thinner that has been around since the 1950s. Blood thinners help people that have suffered clotting to thin the blood and decrease the risk of future clotting events. The NGK law firm has already filed a Xarelto lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that the makers of Xarelto sold the drug claiming that users do not need monthly blood tests to ensure proper dosage, which is required when taking Coumadin. Xarelto was marketed as a more convenient alternative to Coumadin.

The lawsuit alleges that users of Xarelto do, in fact, need regular blood testing to monitor dosage because the lack of monitoring can lead to an increased risk of bleeding events, such as:

  • Strokes and brain hemorrhages
  • Blood clots
  • An aneurysm
  • Fatal injuries caused by bleeding that cannot be stopped
  • Bleeding in the intestines

If you or a family member has suffered a hemorrhagic stroke, gastrointestinal bleed, or other bleeding events while taking Xarelto, contact us today at 417-623-0900 or 800-371-8220 or send us an email. We have been representing clients injured by dangerous products for 40+ years. We will meet with you free of charge to evaluate your case.

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