Department Store Accidents in New Jersey | What You Need to Know

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Some people find shopping enjoyable. Others wish to spend as little time browsing the aisles as possible. Regardless of your stance on shopping, it is important to be aware of the hazards a department store can pose. Read on to learn more about department store accidents in New Jersey.

How do department stores occur?

In New Jersey, property owners are responsible for keeping the property maintained at all times. In department stores, this is typically done by conducting routine inspections to ensure that there are no hazards present that may cause injuries. Some typical hazards include:

  • Liquids on bathroom floors
  • Falling merchandise from shelves
  • Spills left uncleaned
  • Poorly placed floor mats
  • Defective escalators, elevators, or other equipment used in the store
  • Poorly lit parking lots
  • Lack of security

If these inspections are not conducted, shoppers can become seriously injured. If a shopper can prove that the department store knew about or reasonably should have known about a hazard, did not fix it in time, and an injury occurred as a direct result, the shopper may be able to recover compensation.

How long do I have to file a claim?

If you are injured in a department store, you may suffer physically, emotionally, and financially as a result. For example, injuries can lead to pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, expensive medical bills, lost wages, and more. If your accident was caused by another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation to help ease the burdens you face as a result. When it comes to recovering compensation, it is important to file your claim on time. This is due to a deadline known as a statute of limitations. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations is typically two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within two years will generally mean forfeiting your right to take legal action, therefore losing your right to sue for financial compensation. To avoid this, it is important to reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

If you have been injured in a department store in New Jersey, our firm is here to help. We will advocate for you every step of the way. Contact us today to discuss your case with a dedicated personal injury attorney.


Retaining an attorney after an injury-causing accident is the most effective way to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled. To learn more about how we can help you, call the Wilton Law Firm today at 732-275-9555 or contact us online.