Augusta, Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys
Other Offices: Athens (GA)
Law Firm OverviewBurnside Law Firm, LLP offers personal injury representation to individuals in Augusta and throughout northeast Georgia. We firmly believe in the right of every injured person to expert legal care and full compensation. Our job is to provide the former, so that you may achieve the latter.
Our attorneys have over 30 years of combined experience representing clients who have suffered from auto and truck accidents, medical malpractice, injuries to children, and a full range of other personal injuries. We have also fostered close relationships with a nationwide network of nurses and doctors, helping us to evaluate your situation and develop your case with in-depth understanding and full attention to all influencing factors. You can trust our experience, wisdom, and resourcefulness in guiding you through the legal process.
In addition to personal injury representation, we also offer counsel in wills and estate planning, and in long term disability and federal tort claims. Whether you’re seeking assistance for your immediate health and financial wellbeing, or are considering the long-term security of yourself or your loved ones, Burnside Law Firm is ready to commit to your needs. We will be the voice you need in the face of legal difficulty, speaking and fighting for the compensation, the care, and the justice you deserve.
Areas of Law
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Appellate Practice
- Asbestos Mesothelioma
- Back & Neck Injury
- Bad Faith Insurance
- Bicycle Accident
- Birth Injury
- Boating Accident
- Brain Injury
- Burn Injuries
- Bus Accidents
- Business & Industry
- Business Law
- Business Litigation
- Car Accident
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Civil Rights
- Class Actions
- Construction Accidents
- Construction Injuries
- Defective Drugs
- Defective Products
- Failure to Diagnose
- Federal Law
- FELA Railroad Injuries
- Industrial Injuries
- Insurance Defense
- Local, Municipal & State Law
- Medical Malpractice
- Medication Errors
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Motor Vehicles
- Motorcycle Accident
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Pedestrian Accident
- Personal Injury
- Pharmaceutical Litigation
- Premises Liability
- Product Liability
- Product Liability Litigation
- Railroad Accidents
- Regulatory Law
- Rollover Accident
- Shareholders Rights
- Slip & Fall
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Surgical Errors
- Toxic Mold
- Toxic Torts
- Traffic Ticket
- Truck Accident
- Workers Compensation
- Workplace Injuries
- Wrongful Death
Areas of Law Description
- Car Accident
Every year, as the roads in Georgia become more congested, more people are involved in serious car accidents. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2007 there were more than 2,491,000 injuries related to car accidents on roads throughout the United States. Within that same period, 41,059 people lost their lives as the result of traffic-related accidents.
- Uninsured Motorist
Many of our clients have been involved in accidents caused by drivers who are either completely uninsured or carry only the minimum limits of automobile liability insurance, and the situation may be getting worse. According to a study by the Insurance Research Council, thousands of drivers dropped their car insurance as the economic crisis worsened and others reduced their coverage, opting for the lowest limits legally available (Georgia currently mandates liability coverage of at least $25,000). Most expect this problem to get worse before it gets better. Unfortunately, people who demonstrate such irresponsible behavior usually are irresponsible drivers and you may find yourself involved in an automobile accident with such a person. Where there is not enough insurance coverage and the other driver has no assets, you could be left paying for all of your expenses out of your own pocket, even though the wreck was not your fault.
- Bicycle and Pedestrian Accident
Occupants of motor vehicles are protected by the structure and safety devices within the motor vehicle. Motorcycle helmets and protective gear offer protection to motorcyclists. However, joggers, bicyclists and other pedestrians have little to protect them from injuries if they are struck by a vehicle. As a result, pedestrian and bicycle accidents result in very serious injuries and fatalities. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2007, 124,000 pedestrians, bicyclists and other people not in vehicles were injured in accidents in which they were hit by a car or other motor vehicle.
- Railroad Crossing Accident
There are thousands of highway-railroad crossings throughout the United States that millions of people cross every day. From private crossings to railroad crossings used by the public, any railroad crossing has the potential to be deadly. According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), there were 295 deaths and 893 injuries at railroad crossings in the U.S. in 2003. At the Burnside Law Firm in Augusta, Georgia, we are available to meet with you and discuss your Georgia railroad crossing accident.
- Drunk Driving Accident
According to a 2005 study by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), 16,885 people were killed in alcohol-related auto accidents in 2005. That means that every 31 minutes, a person is killed in a drunk driving accident. In that same study, it is reported that 254,000 people were injured in a drunk driving accident. That equates to one drunk driving-related injury every two minutes. Unfortunately, the number of auto accidents in the United States caused by drunk drivers every year is astonishing.
- Traffic Violation
While some traffic violations occur without injury, others result in serious automobile wrecks and catastrophic injuries like burns, back and spinal cord injuries, head injuries and wrongful death. When this happens, a claim or lawsuit can be brought against the driver for both negligence (failure to exercise reasonable care) and negligence per se (as a matter of law) because the driver violated one or more of the Georgia "Uniform Rules of the Road" in causing the accident.
Each year since 1990, more than six million car accidents are reported to police nationwide, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Unfortunately, at least three million of those accidents involve injuries to one or more people. The most dangerous forms of transportation, of course, are cars, trucks and motorcycles.
- Hit and Run
One of the most offensive things a driver can do is to flee the scene of a wreck he or she caused. It also violates Georgia law which requires the driver of any vehicle involved in a car accident which results in injury, death or property damage to stop, return to the scene of the accident and do the following: (a) provide his or her name and other identifying information; (b) exhibit his or her driver's license; and (c) render reasonable aid and assistance if necessary.
- Cell Phones, Texting and other Distractions
Numerous studies have shown that texting or using a cell phone while driving can be even more dangerous than driving drunk. In fact, many automobile wrecks occur, and thousands of people are injured or killed each year, because drivers divert their attention from the road to operate a mobile device.
- Overloaded Trucks
Overloaded trucks are a hazard on the highways. At the Augusta, Georgia, law firm of Burnside Law Firm LLP, our attorneys help people who have suffered catastrophic injuries because of an accident caused by an overloaded or improperly loaded truck. We help them obtain compensation for their pain, suffering, medical bills, lost income and other costs of the accident. We have many years of experience with truck accident cases. Let us put that experience to work for you.
- Trucking Accident
Commercial trucks account for a large number of serious and fatal accidents on Georgia roads every year. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2007 105,808 large trucks were involved in auto accidents on United States' roads. What is more astounding is that one in eight traffic-related fatalities were caused by a truck accident.
- Driver Fatigue
Federal regulations dictate the number of hours a driver can operate a truck without resting. Drivers may violate these regulations when they are being paid by the mile or have been offered incentives to get the load to its destination quickly. Whatever their reasons for not resting as required, drivers who are tired from lack of sleep are often a hazard of the road. Driver fatigue is a contributing factor to many accidents, some of which cause serious injury and even death.
- Poor Maintenance or Bad Highway Design
Trucking companies are in business to make money. Some of them accomplish this goal by delaying truck maintenance, often in violation of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations. When inadequate maintenance contributes to a trucking accident, injured people should receive full compensation for their expenses and injuries.
- Head-on Collisions
In a head-on collision between a semi-truck and an automobile, the outcome for those in the car is usually dire. The sheer size of the rig, combined with the load weight, gives it a huge advantage in any car-truck accident. At the Augusta, Georgia, law firm of Burnside Law Firm LLP, our attorneys help victims of truck accidents, including head-on collisions. We have 30 years of experience fighting for the rights of the injured and seeking payment for clients' pain, suffering, medical expenses, lost income and the other costs of an accident. If a loved one died in this type of wreck, we will undertake a wrongful death action that can provide the survivor with financial resources that help relieve anxiety about the future.
- Medical Malpractice
People trust medical professionals with their lives every day with the expectation that they will receive reasonably good medical care. While the majority of doctors, nurses and hospitals provide such, some fail to live up to the "standard of care" required by their professions. According to a recent study conducted by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, about 98,000 people are killed every year due to medical malpractice.
- Surgical Error
Virtually everyone is required to undergo surgery at some time in life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 50 million surgical procedures were performed in 2007 in the United States alone. While all surgeries involve some degree of risk, many surgical errors and complications unfortunately result from negligence (failure of your healthcare professional to exercise that degree of skill and care generally required of professionals under like and similar circumstances).
When a family member suddenly dies of a stroke or heart attack, or is diagnosed with a terminal illness such as cancer, the family often has many of the same questions. While it is unrealistic at this time to expect that every illness or disease be treated and cured, it is realistic — and expected — that doctors will do their very best to detect and treat illnesses patients acquire. Failure to provide that degree of skill and care generally required of physicians under similar circumstances is to be brought to the medical board's attention. More importantly, when a patient suffers greatly, or wrongfully dies as a result of a physician's negligent care, the patient or surviving family members deserve to be compensated.
- Medication Errors
Medications and other pharmaceuticals can be very beneficial when prescribed and used correctly. However, when a medication is prescribed incorrectly or a dosage error is made, the consequences for the patient can be serious and even fatal. Physicians, pharmacists, and nurses can be held liable for medical malpractice involving medication errors, which occurs all too often.
- Birth Injury
There is no greater turmoil than learning that your child was injured at birth. What is worse is when those devastating birth injuries were the direct result of the careless or negligent actions of the doctors and medical staff overseeing the pregnancy, labor and childbirth. The law firm of Burnside Law Firm holds doctors and other medical providers accountable for their negligence.
- Pharmacy Errors
The quality of healthcare and pharmaceuticals in this country is generally very high. However, prescription medication errors do occur and often result in devastating consequences for the patient. Studies indicate that as many as 30 million medical prescriptions are filled in error at pharmacies each year. Adverse reactions to receiving improper medication can result in serious illness, organ damage and death.
- Medical Abandonment
Once a doctor-patient relationship is established, the doctor must provide all necessary treatment to a patient unless the relationship is ended by the patient or by the physician, provided that the physician gives the patient sufficient notice to seek another source of medical care. Where a physician intentional refuses to continue care or treatment for a patient, he can be held liable under certain circumstances for any resulting injuries under the theory of medical abandonment.
- Nursing Home Abuse
People throughout the country seek out the treatment and safety of nursing homes to care for them when they are least able to care for themselves. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are currently 1.6 million people living in the country's 18,000 nursing homes. While the majority of these facilities provide uncompromising professional care, some fall far short. At the Augusta, Georgia, law office of Burnside Law Firm, we represent people who have been injured or killed because of nursing home abuse and neglect.
Historically, the United States enjoyed sovereign immunity from liability for personal injury claims. In 1946, however, Congress enacted The Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) which, for the first time, gave American citizens the right to sue the federal government for most injuries caused by the negligence (failure to exercise reasonable care) of employees acting on behalf of the United States.
- Negligent Driving
If you were injured by the negligent driving of a federal government employee, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries and medical expenses through the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) which governs injury claims against the United States and government employees. At the Augusta, Georgia law firm of Burnside Law Firm LLP, our attorneys handle claims against government employees for automobile collisions, motorcycle wrecks, bicycle and pedestrian accidents and other personal injuries caused by negligent federal employees. We fight for full compensation for our clients.
- Catastrophic Injuries
If you or a family member have suffered a catastrophic injury, you already know that there are many things you need to deal with the everyday challenges which follow. Even simple tasks like going to the grocery store can be very difficult. And, whether it's a wheelchair, prosthesis, rehabilitation, or attendant care, these needs cost money. Typically, health insurance, government benefits and personal savings are not enough to cover the cost of even the basics, much less the best care available.
- Back and Spinal Cord Injury
Learning how to navigate through life with a serious back or spinal cord injury can be difficult and expensive. Many times, people never fully recover and must learn how to cope with their disability. At the Burnside Law Firm in Augusta, Georgia, our attorneys represent individuals who have suffered back and spinal cord injuries on account of the negligence of others. Our goal is to help them recover the compensation needed to begin moving forward with life.
- Electrical and Burn Injury
After being seriously burned in an accident, people are left angry and worried. They are angry at the wrongdoers who caused such an accident by their negligent behavior. They are worried about how they will ever have enough to pay their medical bills and cope with their out-of-pocket losses. Our firm will help you file a claim against responsible parties in order to collect the financial compensation that you and your family deserve.
- Brain and Head Injury
If you or someone you love has suffered a serious brain or head injury because of an accident, life rarely will return to normal. Most people suffering from a traumatic brain injury or closed head injury will have to deal with a lifetime of physical and mental problems. At the law office of Burnside Law Firm in Augusta, Georgia, we represent people throughout Georgia who have been injured in an accident.
- Wrongful Death
How can a monetary value ever be placed on the life of a loved one who was killed tragically in a fatal accident? There is no amount of money that can ever truly replace the love and joy that a family member brought to your life. What a wrongful death claim can do is to provide you with financial compensation to cope with your loss. At the Augusta, Georgia, law office of Burnside Law Firm , we represent the families of people who were killed in an accident.
- Product Liability
Thousands of deaths and injuries are directly attributable to dangerous and defective products sold in the United States. Despite all the work done by groups like the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Food and Drug Administration, millions of people are exposed to potentially dangerous and fatal products that fail to meet even the most basic government safety standards. At the Augusta, Georgia, law office of Burnside Law Firm , we have been representing people in product liability claims since 1978.
- Premises Liability
The injuries people suffer on another person's property may be caused by a number of factors that are out of their control. While the conditions that cause these accidents vary, every property owner has a duty to ensure that his or her property is maintained in a reasonably safe manner. At the law office of Burnside Law Firm in Augusta, Georgia, we represent people who were injured because of a dangerous property condition, such as wet floors or defective stairs.
- Inadequate Security
Many people who are injured in an attack do not realize that they may have a right to compensation for their injuries. Although the State may hold the attacker criminally responsible, we can help you hold the property owner responsible for failing to keep their property safe. The personal injury attorneys at Burnside Law Firm, in Augusta, Georgia, have served injured clients in Richmond County and throughout Georgia for over 30 years.
- Motorcycle Accident
For the millions of people who ride motorcycles in United States, most of them enjoy the life on the open road that a motorcycle has to offer. Despite their right to be on the road, many drivers blame motorcyclists for the bike crashes that occur every year. The unfortunate fact is that many motorcycle accidents occur because of inattentive drivers who fail to see a motorcyclist before too late. At the Augusta, Georgia, law office of Burnside Law Firm, we represent people injured or killed in a motorcycle accident in Georgia.
- Boating Accident
Thousands of people enjoy boating on some of the many lakes and rivers in Georgia like Clarks Hill / Thurmond Lake. With this love of the water comes the danger associated with boating. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, for the second straight year boating-related deaths and injuries have increased in the United States. In 2006, there were 710 deaths and 3,474 injuries caused by boating accidents. At the Augusta, Georgia, law office of Burnside Law Firm , we represent people and the family of people who have become one of those statistics.
Often times, insurance companies refuse to provide their insureds the benefits they are entitled to receive. Unfortunately, many individuals feel powerless to challenge large insurance companies and resign themselves to inaction, thereby allowing the insurance company to profit from its wrongful conduct without being held accountable.
- Class Action
Class Actions are simply "groups of people suffering similar harm or losses caused by corporate misconduct, consumer frauds, defective products, business frauds and discrimination." Virtually every consumer has been the victim of a scheme or corporate practice which caused tangible economic harm, but the amount simply did not justify the expense of legal action, even though the corporate wrongdoer reaped large profits over time from these recurring transgressions. Class actions provide a mechanism by which one or several persons may sue on behalf of a large group thereby providing an effective remedy for the group without incurring the costs associated with hundreds of separate lawsuits.
- Child Injury
A serious injury or untimely death of a child is every parent's nightmare. Unfortunately, however, injuries to children do occur and families are left with devastating outcomes. If your child was injured or killed due to the negligence of another party, you have legal options. The compassionate and understanding personal injury attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP are here to help you.
- Daycare Injuries
When you entrust the care of your child to a day care or child care services facility, you trust them to use reasonable care while supervising your child. Although accidents happen, some injuries are preventable and occur solely due to negligence on the part of the day care. If your child was injured due to the negligence of a day care provider, you have legal rights. Consider taking legal action to seek damages.
- Long Term Disability
Long-term disability insurance is growing in popularity as our population ages. It's a great idea, and people value the assurance that comes from knowing that they will not be ruined financially by a lengthy illness or catastrophic injury. However, collecting the benefits offered by these policies can be much more difficult than you might think. At the Augusta, Georgia, law firm of Burnside Law Firm LLP, our lawyers help people recover the long term benefits that are due them under their long term disability insurance policies.
- ERISA Appeals
Your employer offered long-term disability insurance as part of your benefit package. You accepted this, believing that the insurance would be there when you needed it. Now you are unable to work and the insurance company has denied your claim for disability coverage and may have even discontinued your insurance all together. They have also told you your claim is governed by a complicated federal law called the Employee Retirement and Income Security Act (ERISA).
- Workers' Compensation
When people are injured on the job, workers' compensation laws generally prohibit them from suing their employer to recover financial compensation. Their option under the law is to file a claim against their employers' workers' compensation insurance. Almost all employers are required to carry this insurance in the state of Georgia. At the Augusta, Georgia, law office of Burnside Law Firm, we represent people in workers' compensation claims after they are injured at work.
- Job Injuries
Many workers are put in harm's way on a regular basis at work. Whether you have been injured while working in an office at a desk or while working in the rough conditions of a construction site, you may have the right to be compensated for your injuries suffered on-the-job.
- Business Litigation
Invariably businesses find themselves engaged in disputes which cannot be resolved by agreement. When other avenues of resolution fail and litigation becomes a necessary (and appropriate) way to resolve a conflict, the court system provides a fair, orderly and peaceful means of dispute resolution for addressing business disputes. However, this system cannot be effectively navigated without the assistance of an experienced attorney, and mistakes in this area of the law can be very costly.
- Georgia Bar Association
- Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
- American Association for Justice
- Augusta Bar Association
Mr. Thomas R. Burnside III
Bad Faith Insurance, Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home Abuse, Personal Injury, Premises Liability
Mr. Mark B. Williamson
Car Accident, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury
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