How do Department Store Accidents Occur?

Unfortunately, there are countless ways for an accident to occur in a department store. As a result, a simple shopping trip can be more dangerous than you may realize. Read on to learn more about department store accidents in Washington D.C.

How do department store accidents occur?

The majority of department store accidents are a result of:

  • Spills
  • Malfunctioning elevators or escalators
  • Merchandise falling from shelves
  • Obstructions in aisles
  • Jagged shelves or showcases

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

If you are injured in a department store accident, it is important to take the following steps:

  1. Call 911: The police can send an ambulance, make sure the scene is safe, interview witnesses, and more.
  2. Notify the manager: It is important to tell the store manager that an injury occurred right away. This will allow him or her to file an accident report. If possible, obtain a copy of this report.
  3. Seek medical attention: You should go to the doctor, even if you do not believe you have been seriously injured. This is because it is possible to sustain a serious injury without realizing it. Additionally, going to the doctor will provide you with important proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Before leaving, ask for a copy of any relevant medical documents, as this can play a large role in a personal injury case.
  4. Document the scene: While waiting for the ambulance, it is important to take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
  5. Obtain witness contacts: If anyone saw your accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events. Be sure to ask for their name and contact information.
  6. File your claim on time: If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you may struggle physically, financially, and emotionally as a result. In this case, you likely deserve compensation to help ease these burdens. But, in order to recover the compensation you need, you will have to file your claim in time. This is because of a deadline known as a statute of limitations. In Washington D.C., the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally three years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within three years will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve.

If you have been injured in a department store accident, our firm will advocate for you. Reach out today to discuss your case.


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.