Charles E. Buchanan

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Charles Buchanan began his personal injury and workers' compensation practice over 35 years ago. Before beginning his practice, Charles received a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri and practiced as a chemical engineer before serving two years as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army in Korea. Charles then attended law school at the University of Missouri where he was a member of the board of editors of the Missouri Law Review and graduated with Honors in the top 10% of his law school class.

Since starting his practice, Charles has focused on helping his clients recover the personal injury and workers' compensation benefits they are owed. Charles has devoted a substantial part of his practice to representing injured truck drivers, and he developed as a resource for injured truckers. Charles has the highest rating (AV Preeminent) for ethics and legal ability given by Martindale Hubbell, which is the most prominent attorney rating service. This rating takes into account reviews from both clients and other attorneys and represents a reputation earned over decades of serving personal injury and workers' compensation clients. Charles is also the Senior Editor of the Hurt Trucker blog, the official personal injury and worker's compensation blog for truckers.

In addition to practicing law, Charles is active in the community. Over the years, he has volunteered his time to the Boys & Girls Club (he served as President of the Club in Joplin for 2 years), Habitat for Humanity, Lafayette House, and several other civic organizations. Charles is also an avid reader and enjoys hiking and other outdoor activities.

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Personal Injury
  • Automobile Accidents and Injuries
  • Truck Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Workers Compensation
  • Appellate Practice

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
417-622-4339  Phone
417-623-0900  Phone
855-4-HURT-TRUCKER (448-7887)  Phone
417-781-9706  Fax
University Attended:
University of Missouri, B.S., Chemical Engineering, 1968
Law School Attended:
University of Missouri, J.D., Order of the Coif, 1973
Year of First Admission:
1987, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; 1973, U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri; 1973, Missouri
1st Lt., U.S. Army, 1968-1970
Birth Information:
El Centro, California, September 15, 1945
Reported Cases:
Sill v. Burlington Northern Railroad, 87 Sw3rd 386 (MO.App 2002); Gaston v. Stoudley Co., 69 Sw3rd (MO.App 2002).
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
  • High ethical standing icon
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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Joplin, Missouri

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