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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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  • Sep27

    In A Car Accident With An Uninsured Driver?  You May Still Get Paid for Your Injuries.

    Every driver in Missouri is supposed to have the state minimum $25,000 liability policy.  This minimum is often not enough to cover injuries suffered in a serious car accident.  Even worse, many car accidents are caused by drivers who don't have any insurance at all.  

    If you have been in an accident with an uninsured driver, you may still get paid for your injuries, if you have car insurance.  Most autombile insurance policies have what is called "Uninsured Motorist Coverage," which pays compensation to people injured by uninsured, negligent drivers.

    If you have this coverage in your auto policy, and are injured by an uninsured driver, you are entitled to uninsured motorist benefits, up to the policy limit for such benefits.  Twenty-one states (including Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas) require  insurance companies to include uninsured motorist coverage in their policies. 

    The damages covered by the uninsured motorist provision depends on the the policy.  Most uninsured motorist clauses include “Uninsured Motorist Bodily Injury Coverage”, which includes your medical expenses, lost wages, and other personal injury related expenses in an instance where the negligent driver is not insured. 

    Two types of persons may be considered “uninsured” under an uninsured motorist policy: 

         1.     Drivers who do not have insurance, and

         2.     Unidentified hit and run drivers.

    Some states recognize other uninsured drivers, such as drivers that do have insurance, but the amount of that coverage is less than the victim’s uninsured motorist coverage.  

    We recently recovered uninsured motorist benefits for a client who was injured when he collided with a vehicle that had been abandoned at night on an interstate highway in St. Louis.  The  driver and occupant of the abandoned vehicle had been drinking and got into an argument.  The passenger grabbed the wheel and caused the vehicle to crash into the median.  

    The intoxicated driver and passenger fled the scene leaving the vehicle in a driving lane where the vehicle was struck by our client.  Thankfully, our client was not killed in the collision.  But, our client was injured, and we filed suit to enforce his rights.

    The passenger was considered a driver of the vehicle because he grabbed the wheel, and there was no evidence that he was insured.  We brought a workers’ compensation claim for our client because he was injured while driving in the course of his employment.  We also sued the driver of the vehicle and our client’s uninsured motorist carrier on account of the uninsured passenger who  grabbed the steering wheel.  The claims resolved successfully and we were able to recover uninsured motorist benefits for our client.

    If you have been in an a car or truck accident, give us a call.  We will review all available insurance to make sure you receive all of the compensation you are owed.     


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