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The first workers’ compensation law was passed in Georgia in 1920. This law is intended to give employees coverage in the case of an on-the-job accident, which can involve a sudden injury or a long-term illness developing over time due to a repetitive use or chronic exposure. When proven eligible, workers’ comp can provide coverage for medical care, ongoing rehabilitation and even lost wages in some situations.

Workers’ compensation can be used in the majority of job-site injury cases. However, there are certain circumstances in which workers’ compensation cannot be used, either due to the type of accident or injury or because the worker was not covered when hired. According to Georgia law, every business is obligated to provide workers’ compensation to their employees if they employ more than three workers. This even applies to a regular part-time employee. Unfortunately, there are some classes of workers that are typically not eligible for workers’ comp. These include independent contractors, railroad employees and farm laborers whose employer has not elected coverage.

At Burnside Law Firm, we have a skilled and experienced team of attorneys who understand how to fight for your rights if your injuries are not covered under the Georgia workers’ compensation law. We will work tirelessly to pursue ways to recover your losses and hold the guilty party accountable. Defending a case that does not fall under traditional workers’ comp coverage demands professional legal help. It requires assistance from a strategic attorney who understands workers’ compensation laws as well as the laws that govern premises liability and personal injury cases.

What Type of Injuries Are Not Covered Under Workers’ Comp?

Most, but not all job-related injuries are covered by workers’ comp. In fact, there are some specific situations that exclude an employee from obtaining coverage from workers’ comp, regardless of the severity of the injuries. Workers’ compensation does not cover employees who were:

  • Intoxicated or under the influence of drugs at time of injury
  • Engaging in a willful attack against a person for personal reasons or self-inflicting an injury
  • Committing a crime or participating in unlawful activities during the job-site injury
  • Not performing work duties or not on the job at the time of injury
  • Violating company policies or neglecting safety rules during an accident

Burnside Law Firm Represents Injured Workers

If you are an employee who has recently suffered a personal injury, it is important that you carefully research your rights and your employer’s obligations for coverage. An experienced attorney can help you do that. Whether you need help proving that your injury should be covered under workers’ comp or you want to file a claim for an injury not covered, Burnside Law Firm can assist you. We have deep knowledge of the laws that surround personal injury cases as well as those involving premises liability. Contact our Augusta law office today to schedule your consultation.

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Augusta

2919 Professional Pkwy

Augusta, GA, 30907

Phone: (706) 432-8320

Athens

325 North Milledge Avenue

Athens, GA, 30601

Phone: (706) 227-4264

We have recovered millions for our clients

The attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP have over 30 years of collective experience handling personal injury claims. Over that time, we have helped hundreds of injured people recover the compensation they deserve and need in order to begin putting their lives back together. This list is just a sample of the recoveries we have obtained for some of our clients here and during our time at our former firm, Burnside Wall LLP. Obviously, success in obtaining significant judgments and settlements for other clients is no guarantee of success in your case. Each case must be evaluated and handled based on the individual merits of that particular case. To discuss the facts of your case and learn more about your legal rights, contact one of the personal injury attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP for a free initial consultation.

Medical Malpractice / Head Injury

$4,500,000 settlement

Pharmacy & Prescription Error

$1,800,000 settlement

Medical Malpractice / Anesthesia Injury

$1,600,000 settlement

Auto Accident / Multiple Fractures

$1,250,000 judgment

Auto Accident / Wrongful Death

$1,000,000 settlement

Dram Shop / Wrongful Death

$1,000,000 settlement

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Meet The Team

Thomas R. Burnside III Personal Injury Attorney

Thomas R Burnside III

Thomas R. Burnside III is a personal injury lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered injury as a result of automobile collisions, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, work related accidents or other causes. With over 20 years of experience in personal injury law at both the trial and appellate court levels, Attorney Burnside has represented people with brain and head trauma...

Meet Thomas Burnside
Garon Muller Personal Injury Attorney

Garon Muller

Garon Muller is a trial lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have been seriously injured or damaged through the negligence or recklessness of others, including automobile collisions, workplace injuries, premises injuries, or defective products. Before beginning his practice in the representation of injured individuals, Mr. Muller served the community as an Assistant District Attorney...

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Our Client Reviews

Burnside Law Firm

5.0 / 5.0

Based on 38 reviews

Erin Wren

After my car accident they helped me every step of the way! They were up front and answered any questions I had! They negotiated the insurance and got a higher settlement than was offered! I would definitely use them again!

Debbie Walker

In November 2017, I was in a car accident and I decided to seek out legal assistance. I chose to go with Burnside Law Firm, LLP because of their five star rating. My inital consultation was with attorney, Mr. Garon Muller. I knew immediately that I wanted Mr. Muller to take my case. His professionalism and expertise in personal injury made my decision easy. Mr. Muller maintained his professionalism throughout my case. He kept me updated on a regular basis via telephone or email. He was always available to me when I call. I did not have to wait 24 hours to get a call back from him. I would greatly recommend Mr. Muller and the Burnside Law Firm, LLP.

Rick Estep

Burnside Law Firm is who you want to represent you. Mr. Muller came to our house for a free consultation without hesitation. He guided us and overcame every obstacle we encountered. He secured the maximum insurance limits for us and we couldn't be more happy. If you are injured, DO NOT attempt to recoup compensation without the expertise of a trusted, skilled and able law firm to be your voice. THANK YOU MR. MULLER!!!

Alexander Hughes

Garon Muller with Burnside Law Firm makes client satisfaction his priority. Mr. Muller made sure that I had a lucid understanding during every discussion. He never made a decision without my input and made me feel like we were partners. Garon Muller was very professional and push for the maximum dollar amount from the insurance company. Me and my family considered ourselves blessed to have been represented by Garon Muller with Burnside Law Firm. We highly recommend Garon Muller and Burnside Law Firm! Burnside Law Firm staff are exceptional and exceeded our expectations.

Lynn Eldridge

I have known the Burnside family for many years. Recently Thomas was most helpful in getting my check following an auto collision. I highly recommend their firm.

Damien Williams

I definitely felt comfortable in there hands really good people.

Jacob Clements

Very very good law firm. Went above and beyond to make things right. Highly reccomend.

Barbara Huskinson

Burnside Law did what they said they would do. Garon Muller was great in communicating and looked out for my best interest in getting what was fair in my settlement. I would recommend Burnside to anyone.

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    Augusta

    2919 Professional Pkwy

    Augusta, GA, 30907

    Phone: (706) 432-8320

    Athens

    325 North Milledge Avenue

    Athens, GA, 30601

    Phone: (706) 227-4264