Department Store Accidents in Washington D.C. | What to Know

Though you may not expect to sustain a serious injury while simply shopping for clothes, jewelry, or otherwise, the unfortunate reality is that department store accidents happen far more often than you may think. Please continue reading and speak with our experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys to learn more about department store accidents, what you should do if you are injured in one, and how we can help you through every step of the personal injury claims process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How do most department store accidents happen?

Department store accidents either occur due to negligent property owners or defective products, such as malfunctioning elevators or escalators. Some of the most common causes of department store accidents in Washington D.C. are spills left unattended, merchandise falling from shelves, and more.

What should I do if I am injured in a department store?

If you are injured in a department store, you should take the following steps to bolster your chances of winning a future personal injury claim:

  1. Notify the store owner of the incident. He or she should file an incident report.
  2. Call the police, especially if you require immediate medical assistance.
  3. Take pictures of the unsafe condition that caused your accident.
  4. Ask anyone who witnessed your accident for their name and phone number.
  5. Receive medical treatment and ask your doctor for all medical documentation/bills associates with your injuries.
  6. Retain the services of an experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorney who can gather and present all additional evidence needed to satisfy the burden of proof on your behalf. In many cases, our firm can subpoena security footage of your accident as it happened.

How long can I wait to sue for an injury in Washington D.C.?

If you are injured in a Washington D.C. department store accident, you will have to file your personal injury claim within the statute of limitations. It is critical that you do not want any longer than the statute of limitations allows, for if you do, there is a very good chance that you will be permanently barred from suing. The statute of limitations in Washington D.C. is, generally, three years, meaning that you will have three years from the date of your accident to file your personal injury claim. Our firm is ready to help you through every step of the claims process ahead–all you have to do is ask.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.