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Most of us enjoy shopping for clothes and other merchandise in department stores. Typically, we’ll go shopping on a weekend, grab a bite afterward, and unwind. Unfortunately, there are times when a trip to a department store doesn’t go as planned. If you are someone who was recently hurt in a department store due to unsafe property conditions, you may wonder whether you have a valid personal injury claim, especially if you were seriously injured and required medical care. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Westchester County slip and fall accident attorneys to learn more about department store injury claims and how we can help you through the process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How do I know if I have a valid claim after being hurt in a department store?

To have a valid injury claim, you will have to prove that the department store ownership or staff knew or should have reasonably known about the unsafe store conditions, failed to fix them timely, and that you were injured and incurred significant damages as a result. Just some of the most common types of unsafe department store conditions that we see are as follows:

  • Dangerous merchandise displays
  • Merchandise falling from shelves
  • Runaway shopping carts
  • Unsafe department store sidewalks or parking lots
  • Dim lighting
  • Inadequate security
  • Dangerously placed floor mats
  • Spills in aisles

As long as you and the Westchester County personal injury attorneys from Hausman & Pendzick can prove you were injured as a direct result of another party’s negligence, you should recover the compensation you need to heal in your personal injury claim.

How long am I allowed to wait after sustaining an injury to take legal action in New York State?

The statute of limitations is the timeframe in which you are required to bring a personal injury claim after sustaining a serious injury. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims, in most cases, is three years in New York State, giving you three years from the date of your accident to sue the party responsible for your injury. Don’t wait too long, for if you do, you’ll most likely permanently lose your right to sue. We can begin the process on your behalf today–you just need to pick up the phone and give us a call, or contact us online.


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.