A clothing store display showing various garments on hangers. The focus is on a row of brightly colored tops, predominantly yellow, with more clothing items and racks visible in the background within a modern, well-lit store setting.

Department stores are wonderful resources for those who are looking to do a wide array of shopping, from clothes, to home goods, and more. However, there are times where, because of negligence, department stores can become quite dangerous. Please continue reading and speak with our seasoned New York personal injury attorneys to learn more about department store accidents and how our firm can help you fight for the compensation you need. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the most common causes of department store accidents?

Department store accidents happen for many different reasons, though not unlike most other accidents, they are generally due to negligence. Some of the most common causes of department store accidents are department store staff/management, such as failing to clean up spills in aisles and restrooms, negligent or absent security, poorly placed floormats, negligently placed items on shelves that fall on customers, and more. Sometimes, however, accidents can occur that are not the fault of department store management/staff, though they are still not the fault of the customer, such as when elevators/escalators are defective due to negligent design/production.

How do I know if I have a valid personal injury claim?

If you are injured in a department store accident, you will have to hire an experienced Westchester County personal injury attorney who can determine the liable party. In many cases, as long as we can prove that the property owner/staff knew about an unsafe condition and failed to fix that condition in a timely fashion, thereby injuring you and causing you to sustain significant damages, you should have a valid premises liability claim. That being said, if we determine that you were injured because of a negligently designed/produced product, you will most likely have a valid product liability claim.

How long will I have to sue for an injury in New York State?

The statute of limitations in New York State for premises liability claims, as well as product liability claims, is, generally, three years, meaning that you will, in most cases, have three years from the date of your accident to sue the liable party. Our firm is ready to begin the claims process on your behalf today–all you have to do is ask.


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.