A shopping cart filled with various grocery items is in the center aisle of a well-lit supermarket. The shelves on both sides are stocked with a variety of products, and there is a person in the distance at the far end of the aisle.

As retail stores across the country begin to reopen, the unfortunate reality is that more and more injuries will begin occurring on their premises. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Westchester County personal injury attorneys to learn more about retail store accidents, what to do after being injured in one, and how our firm can help you through every step of the claims process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the most common causes of retail store accidents?

There are several potential causes of retail store accidents and injuries that can occur on their grounds, however, they are most commonly due to property owner negligence. Defective sidewalks and dangerous parking lots with, for example, insufficient lighting, are all common causes of accidents. Additionally, spills left unattended in aisles, falling merchandise from shelves, and more, are all common causes of accidents. Retail stores, supermarkets, restaurants, and more are all susceptible to serious safety hazards, and if you have been injured because of an unsafe condition, you are most likely entitled to financial compensation.

What should I do after sustaining injuries in a retail store accident?

If you have been injured in a retail store accident, as long as you are physically capable, you should take the following steps to bolster your chances of winning a future personal injury claim:

  1. Dial 911. The police, as well as an ambulance, will come to the scene.
  2. Notify the store manager/owner, who should file a store incident report.
  3. Ask anyone who saw your accident for their contact information so they may verify your claim at a later date.
  4. Take pictures of the unsafe conditions that caused your accident.
  5. Once you are treated at a hospital, ensure you ask your doctor for all medical documentation regarding your injuries.
  6. Retain the services of an experienced New York State personal injury attorney who can gather and present all additional evidence needed to prove that the property owner knew, or should have reasonably known about the unsafe conditions, failed to fix them, and that you were seriously injured and incurred significant damages as a result in a premises liability claim.

Finally, ensure you file your claim in accordance with the state’s statute of limitations, which is three years from the date of your accident. If you fail to do so, you will most likely be barred from suing. Do not let this happen. We are here to help.


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.