Thomas R. Burnside, III

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Augusta, Georgia

Burnside Law Firm LLP
Thomas R. Burnside, III
Burnside Law Firm LLP

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Civil Litigation; view more

Licensed in Georgia since: 1991

Education: Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2005
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Burnside Law Firm LLP

2919 Professional Pkwy.
Augusta, GA 30907 Visit website


For over 25 years, Thomas R. Burnside III has devoted his practice to helping injured individuals recover the compensation they deserve. Most of his clients received injuries in automobile collisions, truck wrecks, motorcycle accidents, drunk driving accidents, work-related accidents and falls. He also represents victims of medical malpractice and has a nurse on staff available to review cases and records for evidence of medical negligence or wrongful death.

He is a founding partner in Burnside Law Firm LLP with offices in Augusta and Athens and devotes 100 percent of his practice to personal injury cases. He is also a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice and the Augusta Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in the state courts of Georgia and before the Southern U.S. District Court of Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Insurance Coverage, Professional Liability: Plaintiff, Workers' Compensation: Claimant

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Bad Faith Insurance, Birth Injury, Brain Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Professional Malpractice - Other, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death

  • 30% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 30% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 10% Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10% Insurance Coverage
  • 10% Professional Liability: Plaintiff
  • 10% Workers' Compensation: Claimant

First Admitted: 1991, Georgia

Professional Webpage:

  • State Bar BOG Executive Commitee 2015-2017 
  • Investigative Panel Member, State Disciplinary Board, 1998 - 2001
  • Fellow, Lawyers Foundation of Georgia
  • Review Panel, State Disciplinary Board, 2009 - 2018
  • Trustee, Lawyers Foundation of Georgia, 2009 - 2015
  • State Bar Board of Governors, 2007 - Present
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Supreme Court of Georgia, 1992
  • Member, American Association for Justice, 1991 - Present
  • Georgia, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1992
  • Member, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 1991 - Present
  • President, YLA Section, Augusta Bar Association,  2000, 2000
  • Georgia Court of Appeals, 1992, 1992
  • Member, Georgia Bar Association, 1991 - Present
  • Member, Augusta Bar Association, 1991 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Georgia, 1991
Educational Background:
  • Presbyterian College, Clinton, South Carolina, B.S. in  Business, 1988, 1988
  • Confidential settlement in medical malpractice action arising from failure of pathologist to properly interpret biopsy sample resulting in unnecessary treatment of underlying condition., 2016
  • Confidential settlement in medical malpractice action arising from negligent IV management that resulted in infiltration of caustic medication which burned the surrounding tissues and required surgical debridement and skin grafting. Repair of the injury left significant postsurgical scarring.   , 2017
  • Confidential settlement in medical malpractice action arising from failure of physician to advise patient of positive pap smear findings resulting in the delayed diagnosis of cervical cancer. Once discovered, the cancer had advanced to such a stage that far more aggressive therapy was necessary.   , 2016
  • Confidential settlement in medical malpractice action arising from a retained sponge that was left inside a patient during a surgical procedure, resulting in sepsis and requiring additional surgery and extended hospital stay. , 2015
  • Confidential settlement in medical malpractice action arising from a misplaced IV that resulted in damage to brachial artery and required emergency vascular surgery repair which left significant postsurgical scarring.   , 2018
  • Successfully recovered $1Million policy limits from insurer for Bar which over served customer who later crashed into another car, killing one of the occupants. Commonly referred to as a Dram Shop Action, the case required evidence that the Bar employees served a customer who was noticeably intoxicated when they knew that customer was going to drive. , 2014
Representative Clients:
  • Settlement for $1 million in surgical complication case. , 2020
  • Settlement for $1.3 million in premises liability case involving a fall at an industrial warehouse. , 2020

Office location for Thomas R. Burnside, III

2919 Professional Pkwy.
Augusta, GA 30907

Phone: 706-432-8320


12 Years Super Lawyers
1 Year Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2005

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