What You Should Know About Department Store Accidents in Pennsylvania

There are few things worse than going shopping, whether for clothes or otherwise, and sustaining a serious injury due to no fault of your own. Unfortunately, department store accidents happen far more often than you may think, and if you are someone who has recently been injured in one, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help you heal. Our firm is here to help. Please continue reading and reach out to our Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys to learn more about department store accidents and how we can help if you’ve been hurt in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the most common causes of department store accidents?

Department store accidents, not unlike other accidents, are usually due to negligence. In many cases, the party responsible for department store accidents is either a negligent department store manager/owner, negligent department store staff, or, in other cases, poorly designed/manufactured products or machinery, such as elevators or escalators. In many cases, we see department store accidents occur as a result of slip and falls from spills left unattended, falling merchandise from shelves, poorly placed floor mats, and more.

Who is responsible for a department store accident?

If our firm determines that you were injured because a department store owner/staff knew or should have known about an unsafe condition, failed to fix it, and that you were injured and sustained significant damages as a result, we will most likely file a premises liability claim. That being said, if we determine that you were injured because of a negligently designed/manufactured product, such as a defective elevator or escalator, we will most likely file a product liability lawsuit. The bottom line is that you need an experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorney who can accurately determine the liable party and pursue damages on your behalf.

How long will I have to sue for an injury in Pennsylvania?

If you are injured in an accident in Pennsylvania, you will have to file your personal injury claim within the state’s statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is the deadline by which all wrongly injured individuals have to sue the liable party. Since the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is, generally, two years, you will, under most circumstances, have two years from the date of your accident to file your personal injury claim. Do not wait any longer than two years from the date of your accident to file your claim, for if you do, you will most likely be barred from suing.


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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