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Department store accidents are common. If you were injured in one, you will need to retain the services of one of our Bergen County slip and fall accident attorneys today. Our legal team is dedicated to ensuring that you receive the compensation you deserve.

What are the common causes of department store accidents in New Jersey?

Department store accidents can happen in many different ways, however, most of them are an immediate result of a store owner and/or employee negligence. Some cases of negligence that can cause a department store injury include:

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

It is in your best interest to reach out to our firm today if you were hurt in a department store accident. At McNerney & McAuliffe, our attorneys will assess the specifics of your case and determine the best outcome for you.

What should I do after a department store accident?

Store owners and employees are held liable for ensuring that their stores are safe to prevent customer injuries. This can be done by conducting routine checks of the property to make sure that there are no hazardous conditions present. If these routine inspections are not performed and an injury happens as a result, the store owner and employees can be held responsible for negligence. If you were hurt in a department store accident as a result of the negligence of another, you will need to take the following steps:

  1. Call 911. The police can dispatch an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, obtain witness statements, and more.
  2. Take photos and videos of the scene of the accident, including the dangerous conditions.
  3. Collect contact information from any witnesses. Witness testimony can be essential to a premises liability claim.
  4. Receive medical attention immediately after your accident occurs. This will assure that your injuries are properly treated while also providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries.
  5. Reach out to one of our skilled Bergen County slip and fall accident attorneys that can help you obtain further evidence, including police reports and security camera footage.
  6. Be sure to file your claim on time. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury accident is usually two years from the date of the accident. If you fail to file within two years, you will likely lose the ability to recover the compensation you need.


Here at McNerney & McAuliffe, we understand how confusing certain legal matters can be, which is why we are here to provide clients from all walks of life with the experienced, compassionate legal guidance they need. If you require the legal assistance of an attorney to help you through a criminal law matter, personal injury matter, family law matter, or otherwise, you can turn to us. Contact McNerney & McAuliffe today to learn more about what we can do for you.

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