A woman wearing a face mask shops for clothes in a store, browsing through a rack of garments. She is holding a white shopping bag and surrounded by displays of accessories and clothing items against a backdrop of shelves and a brick wall.

Running errands can be more dangerous than you may realize. Unfortunately, a shopping spree or a trip to make a return can leave you seriously injured. Department stores can be especially dangerous. For example, injuries occur due to spills, falling items, defective elevators/escalators, and more. If you have been injured in a department store accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Read on and speak with our New York personal injury lawyers to learn more about how department store accidents occur and what to do in the event of an injury.

Who is Responsible for Department Store Accidents?

In New York, store owners owe their patrons a duty of care. This means making sure the premises are safe for shoppers at all times. If a hazard arises and it is not fixed in time, someone can become seriously injured as a result. If you and your attorney can prove that the store owner knew about the hazard, or that they reasonably should have known, they may be considered negligent and held responsible for any accidents that occur as a result. That being said, if you were injured in an accident because of a poorly manufactured/designed elevator or escalator, we will most likely file a product liability claim.

Fulfilling the Burden of Proof

In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to prove that your injury was due to the negligence of another party. In order to do this, you should call 911. The police can send an ambulance to the scene of the accident and file an accident report. You should also take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur. If anyone saw the accident happen, ask for their name and number, as they may be able to corroborate your version of events. It is also important to seek medical attention right away. Going to the hospital will ensure that your injuries are treated while also providing you with important proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Do not hesitate to call a personal injury attorney. An experienced Westchester County personal injury attorney may be able to obtain further evidence, including police reports and security camera footage.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a department store accident, you will need an experienced attorney to fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact our firm today to discuss your case.


Hausman & Pendzick effectively represent victims of negligence in Westchester County and across the state of New York. We understand how challenging life can be without financial compensation for serious injuries you have wrongly sustained. If you need a knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney to help you recover compensation after an accident, contact Hausman & Pendzick today.