Injured in a Department Store Accident in Pennsylvania? | What to Know

Department store accidents occur much more than you might think due to the negligence of department store staff and management. If you have been injured in a department store accident due to no fault of your own, it is important that you retain the services of our experienced Montgomery County, PA personal injury attorneys. You are likely eligible to recover compensation if you can prove that your accident was caused by the negligence of another party. To learn more about filing a successful claim to recover the compensation you deserve, continue reading.

What are the most common causes of department store accidents?

Many department store accidents are caused by negligence. The parties more commonly responsible for department store accidents are typically negligent department store management, owners, or staff. In other cases, poorly designed and manufactured products or machinery such as elevators or escalators may also lead to department store accidents.

Departments store accidents are often caused by the following factors and forms of negligence:

  • Slip and fall accidents from spills left unattended
  • Falling merchandise from shelves
  • Poorly placed floor mats.

Who is liable for a department store accident?

If you can prove that your department store accident was caused by unsafe conditions that the department store owner or staff knew of and failed to fix, you will likely file a premises liability claim. If our firm is able to determine that you were injured because of a negligently designed or manufactured product such as a defective escalator or elevator, you will likely file a product liability lawsuit. In both cases, you will require the assistance of our experienced Montgomery County, PA personal injury attorneys who can accurately determine the liable party and pursue damages on your behalf.

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Pennsylvania?

You will have to file your personal injury claim within the state’s statute of limitations after an accident. The statute of limitations refers to the deadline that you will have to sue the liable party. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims is generally two years in Pennsylvania. This means that you will have two years from the date of your accident to bring attention to your claim. It is important that you file your claim within this timeframe to avoid being permanently time-barred from suing. To get started as soon as possible, give our firm a call today. Our legal team is prepared to fight for your right to compensation.


Friedman Schuman is an experienced and dedicated legal resource for clients throughout Pennsylvania. We proudly serve clients facing a wide range of legal matters. If you require the services of an effective attorney, please contact Friedman Schuman today to schedule a consultation.

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