What You Should Know About Department Store Accidents in Maryland

Most of us do not picture department stores as particularly dangerous places, however, there are times where department store ownership or staff are negligent, and all too often, this can cause serious accidents. Please continue reading and speak with our Maryland personal injury attorneys to learn more about department store accidents, what to do if you are hurt in one, and how our firm can help you file your personal injury claim. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What most commonly causes department store accidents?

Department store accidents occur for many different reasons, however, they are generally due to negligence, either on the part of the department store owner/management, department store staff, or due to negligently designed/manufactured merchandise/machinery, such as elevators/escalators. If you are injured in a department store accident due to a negligent department store manager/owner/staff, we will most likely file a premises liability claim. However, if you are injured due to a defective product, we will most likely file a product liability claim.

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

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

  1. Notify the store owner of the incident, as they should write up a store incident report.
  2. Call the police, especially if you believe you require immediate medical attention.
  3. Take pictures of the unsafe department store condition that caused your accident.
  4. Ask any witnesses of your accident for their name, phone number, and email address.
  5. Once you are treated at the hospital, ask your doctor for all medical documentation/bills surrounding your injuries.
  6. Retain the services of an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney who can work to uncover all additional evidence needed to prove your personal injury claim.

How long will I have to file a personal injury claim in Maryland?

After sustaining an injury in a department store, you may wish to wait to see if your injuries heal on their own. However, in many cases, this is not a good idea, as there is a statute of limitations in place that dictates the amount of time the wrongly injured have to sue. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Maryland is, generally, three years, meaning that you, under most circumstances, will have three years from the date of your accident to sue the liable party for your injuries.


The legal team at Markey & Orsi has proudly represented injured clients throughout the state of Maryland for almost 30 years. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence and require strong legal representation, contact Markey & Orsi today to schedule a consultation.

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