Claims & Lawsuits

Claims and lawsuits for personal injury cases come in all shapes and sizes. Our firm has experience in both personal injury and criminal defense law and can help with everything from eminent domain to whistleblower cases.

Construction Site Liability Claims

Construction work has been deemed some of the most dangerous of all manual acts of labor. Fraught with hazards and unsafe conditions, construction sites naturally put their workers in precarious situations. As result, accidents and injuries often occur.

Anything from an equipment malfunction to unsafe working behaviors could result in a serious accident and even more serious injuries. In order to seek financial compensation from a construction accident that caused you injury, however, you must first speak with a lawyer about the details of your case. You and your attorney must determine who/what will be held liable for the harm that you experienced.

Many forms of liability exist when it comes to accidents of this nature, some of which include the following:

Regardless of what you might think, or what was told to you by an attending supervisor/manager, there are numerous hazards on site a construction zone. Therefore, it is in your best interests to have a qualified legal representative review the case in order to determine if hazardous conditions played a role in your injury accident. If you have been injured in a construction accident, call John J. Branigan Law Offices today at 215-592-9010 for your free consultation.

Dog Bites & Animal Attacks

People injured by dog bites have legal options available that will hold dog owners liable for their damages. While these cases vary considerably depending on the situation, a dog owner's negligence or carelessness must be proven in order for a personal injury claim to be successful. This means that the following elements must be established:

Several laws that can be used when compiling successful dog bite injury claims. Pennsylvania imposes strict liability for all damages where the injuries are severe or the dog previously engaged in dangerous behavior. In other cases, victims can recover full compensation if the dog owner was negligent or violated an animal control law.

As claims concerning dog bites pose liability difficulties, involve conflicting and insubstantial legislation, and include other complications, it is essential that you allow a qualified attorney from the John J. Branigan Law Offices handle your claim. Call 215-592-9010 today for your free consultation.

Exemplary Damages

When injured victims and families file a successful personal injury claim, they will be eligible to recover any physical, emotional, and/or financial damages they suffered. In certain cases, victims and families may also have the opportunity to recover an additional form of compensation known as exemplary damages.

Pennsylvania courts have adopted the principle that punitive damages are to serve as a penalty to the defendant to punish them for outrageous conduct and prevent them (or others) from acting in a similar fashion in the future, but are not intended to provide additional compensation to the plaintiff.

Courts will consider a number of factors when determining the amount of exemplary damages to be awarded, including the nature of the at-fault party's wrong, the character of the conduct involved, the wrongdoer's culpability, and the net worth of the defendant, among others.

While exemplary damages are not always applicable in every case, the team at John J. Branigan Law Offices works aggressively to secure this form of compensation, if and when possible, so as to maximize our clients' recoveries. Call 215-592-9090 today for your free consultation.

Medical Malpractice

When we are injured or ill, we go to the doctor and expect to receive treatment for our symptoms and we trust our doctor to provide the correct answer. Regrettably, this is not always the case. If you have found yourself in a predicament involving the negligence or careless actions of any type of doctor, nurse or hospital staff member, you may be the victim of medical malpractice. We can review your case and help you determine who should be held responsible, thus enabling you to file a liability claim.

Medical malpractice can occur in a variety of forms, including doctor negligence, nursing negligence, misdiagnosis, medication errors, emergency room negligence, delivery room negligence, premature delivery, and wrong-site surgery. Other types include anesthesia errors, chiropractic errors, failure to diagnose, hospital infections, injuries by a doctor, and medical device errors.

While there are many different forms of medical malpractice, it should always be your main priority to pursue the help of an injury lawyer right away. Hiring an attorney for your medical malpractice claim will be substantially beneficial, especially if you want to maximize your claim. Without a lawyer who is well-versed in medical malpractice and injury law, it is likely that the doctor's attorneys will see through your argument and deny your claim altogether. Call the John J. Branigan Law Offices at 215-592-9010 today for your free consultation.


Negligence is a failure to exercise a reasonable amount of care for the safety and well being of others. It is mostly used to describe a person, corporation, or other entity's actions (or lack thereof) that lead directly to the injury, illness, or wrongful death of another person or a group of people. In personal injury claims, proving negligence is the key to a successful case. If an injury victim is able to prove that another person's negligent actions, or failure to exercise a reasonable level of care, led directly to his or her injuries, the victim may be granted a settlement.

Unfortunately, sometimes proving negligence is not enough. A victim will have to undergo extensive investigations to unveil the truth in the accident and often must work to hold the "negligent" party responsible for their actions.

The John J. Branigan Law Offices thoroughly investigate your claim and determines if a person's actions have caused your injuries. If you have lost a loved one, we can evaluate your case and determine if you are eligible to receive financial compensation for the pain and suffering, hospital bills from the accident, and funeral costs. We are prepared to fight until we know that we have devised a strategy that will work for you. We offer free case evaluations and refuse to give up on our clients! Call us now at 215-592-9010 for your free consultation.

Nursing Home Abuse

You expect a high level of care and treatment for any family member placed in a nursing home facility. While it may have been upsetting to resort to a nursing home facility, you are doing what is best for your family member by giving them the care that they truly need. Unfortunately, not all nursing home facilities provide the hospitality that they should for these elderly residents. In fact, many instances of nursing home abuse and negligence happen every year. There are many different types of nursing home abuse. encourage you to involve the firm of John J. Branigan Law Offices in the matter as early as possible. Some of the signs of nursing home abuse include the following:

However, signs of nursing home negligence may be more difficult to notice, especially if you are not a frequent visitor of your family member. The signs of nursing home negligence include the following:

If you suspect that your loved one may be suffering at the hand of their caretaker, you need the call the John J. Branigan Law Offices immediately at 215-592-9010 for your free consultation. We can help!

Pharmaceutical Drug Liability Claims

When we are ill or injured, we see a doctor and ask for medications to heal our injuries or cure our illness. We expect a certain level of truth from our doctor to ensure that we are being prescribed the correct medication. Unfortunately, many people are harmed and fatally injured due to the consumption of dangerous drugs and pharmaceuticals.

For a medication put onto shelves and into the hands of physicians, it must be thoroughly tested and approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. Some pharmaceutical companies begin promoting their medication before it has been approved to hit the shelves; others will actually begin handing out their drug or fail to test it meticulously enough to ensure the safety and understand the long-term effects it may have. Many people suffer from serious conditions, such as illnesses, cancers, and debilitating injuries due to the prescription and consumption of dangerous medications. Dangerous medications include the following:

Some prescription medications are manufactured and sold to the market that have been classified as "unavoidably unsafe." Prescription medications with side effects that are known to be harmful often fall into this category; however, given the fact that these same medications can benefit users, the drugs are used despite their potentially unsafe side effects.

Before assuming that the medication which caused you illness or injury falls into the category of unavoidably unsafe products, first speak with an attorney at the John J. Branigan Law Offices. Our personal injury lawyers are intimately familiar with cases of pharmaceutical liability. We can review your case to help determine whether or not the medication that caused you harm was unavoidably unsafe or if actions could have been taken to prevent the harm that was ultimately caused. Call 215-592-9010 today for your free consultation.

Premises Liability

A property owner can be held legally responsible for accidents occurring on their property. To succeed in a premises liability claim, however, you must prove that the property owner, manager, or other party legally responsible for the premises failed to take reasonable precautions to prevent the accident, or that he or she knew, or reasonably should have known, about the conditions that caused the accident yet failed to take action to remove the danger or at least to warn about it.

Slip and fall accidents are a common form of premise liability cases. Another is swimming pool accidents, such as when a child drowns in a backyard pool. In some cases, it is even possible to sue a landlord or hotel for an assault, robbery or rape occurring on the premises when the attack could have been prevented through reasonable security measures.

There are many possibilities for suing under the principle of premises liability. If you believe that you may have grounds for filing a claim of this type, contact us at the John J. Branigan Law Offices at 215-592-9010 for a free case evaluation to get started on a plan of action.

Probate & Will Contests

The vast majority of wills, probate cases, and guardianship cases are uncontested. However, conflicts can and do arise, and when that happens it is important to have knowledgeable, competent, and aggressive representation. The John J. Branigan Law Offices have represented clients in a variety of probate and guardianship disputes.

When executors, beneficiaries, and guardianship applicants become involved in a dispute over an estate or the course of a guardianship, finding the right legal representation is critical. Call 215-592-9010 for a free consultation today.

Product Liability Claims

A manufacturer can be held legally responsible for injuries or death caused by its products. A product liability claim is based on evidence that the victim's injury was caused by some type of inherent design flaw or a manufacturing defect in the product. Because it is possible to injure oneself using nearly any type of product, consumers cannot sue manufacturers for just any injury sustained in relation to their product. If, however, the accident victim was using the product according to its intended purpose and if the injury was a result of a product defect, the victim, or surviving family members, may have grounds to file a lawsuit.

Some types of product liability claims are more common than others. Pharmaceutical companies, and car manufacturers are frequently involved. The possibilities for this type of lawsuit are endless, including dangerous children's toys, defective medical devices, contaminated food, hazardous building materials and others.

If you think you have a product liability case, please call the John J. Branigan Law Offices for your free consultation. Call us now at 215-592-9010 to get your claim started.

Slip and Fall Claims

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Property owners are required to keep their premises free from preventable harm. They must also make reasonable efforts to warn guests about unsafe conditions, including any condition that could cause a person to slip, trip, or fall. Therefore, under premises liability law, a landowner, property owner, or a company can be held liable for injuries and illnesses that occur on their property. However, in order for premises liability to apply in slip and fall cases, three essential elements must be met:

In order for premises liability to apply, there must be evidence of a property owner's negligence or wrongful act. Some of the common examples of the causes of slip and fall accidents that could have been prevented are:

In order to determine the negligence involved in your accident, it is recommended that you bring your case to the attention of a legal professional as soon as possible after the accident so that conditions can be investigated before any changes are made. Call 215-592-9010 for a free consultation with the John J. Branigan Law Offices to see if you have a case.

Whistleblower Claims

Have you witnessed fraud against the government? If you have information indicating that a corporation, military defense contractor, or individual committed fraud against the U.S. government, you may feel overwhelmed and uncertain. You do not have to be afraid to provide this information to the authorities, however, as you are protected by state and federal laws.

As an employee who reports fraudulent activity regarding his/her employer to the government, you are known as a whistleblower, and are afforded special protection against retaliation from their employers, such as wrongful termination. If you suffered undue treatment or duress for reporting your employer's violation, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. This might include missed wages, court costs, attorney fees, and more. You also have the right to confidentiality so that your employer, coworkers, and others around you will not know that you disclosed the fraud.

In addition to state laws, federal regulations protect whistleblowers from discrimination. According to OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Program, any of the following actions constitute discrimination:

If you decide to come forward as a whistleblower, it is important to have an experienced lawyer by your side who understands whistleblower claims, the False Claims Act, and your rights. These cases can be convoluted. At the John J. Branigan Law Offices, we have an in-depth understanding of these cases and are prepared to help you negotiate the legal procedures ahead. Please call 215-592-9010 for your free consultation.

Workers’ Compensation Claims

If you were injured or made ill while on the job and are now facing a financial burden from expensive medical bills and/or lost wages from time off work, it is time for you to fight for the compensation you deserve. The no-fault system of workers' compensation allows employees to seek financial compensation after a workplace injury.

Workers' compensation insurance includes medical care stemming from the injury or illness, replacement wages for lost income, costs associated with new work training, compensation for permanent injuries, and benefits for surviving family members of deceased workers. If you have suffered a work-related injury, prepare to do the following:

Problems can arise at any step in the process of filing a claim and receiving benefits. The lawyers at the John J Brannigan Law Offices have helped many clients prepare for these obstacles and obtain their compensation with reduced hassle. There are often time limitations for when you can file your claim. Please call us at 215-592-9010 as soon as possible for your free consultation.

Wrongful Death

If you have lost a loved one in a recent accident, let us evaluate your case for free to determine if you are eligible to file a wrongful death claim. Many different types of accidents can result in a wrongful death, including vehicle accidents, pedestrian accidents, boating accidents, and more. Additionally, medical practitioners who perform negligently or recklessly can cause wrongful death to their patients in the form of medical malpractice. Drowning accidents or death through neglect or abuse at a nursing home can also lead to a wrongful death claim. Our legal team is here to help.

We are fully committed to helping out a family in need, and are more than willing to take your case to trial if we are unable to settle outside of court, as we know that the compensation you deserve will cover the costs of your family member's hospital bills at the time of the accident and any funeral expenses up to a certain amount. We can also help you hold the negligent party accountable for the loss of earnings and income, loss of companionship, and any pain and suffering that your loved one might have experienced. Please don't wait to speak with an attorney at the John J. Branigan Law Offices at 215-592-9010 today. The sooner you involve us in the process, the more quickly you can recover the compensation you deserve.

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