The Importance of Taking Photos for Your Personal Injury Case

Posted On February 24, 2017 Personal injury

Let’s face facts: Accidents are a common component of life. And while many try to do their best to avoid mishaps that may include car crashes, burn injuries and dog attacks, there are times when casualties happen regardless of a person’s cautious behavior, resulting in personal injuries.
accident claim tip photograph property damageIf you do happen to be involved in a situation that involves personal injury — no matter the capacity — it’s imperative to take photographs as evidence for your case. The images you collect should clearly capture the details of the scene, collecting even the most minor details may result in helping your case. Remember, the more evidence you can offer regarding the accident, the better the chance of proving your case.
Have you or a loved one already been involved in an accident that has resulted in a personal injury? If so, contact The Flood Law Firm today for a free, no-obligation consultation. While we may not be able to undo your pain and suffering, we do everything in our power to ensure that, moving forward, your claims process is made as convenient as possible.

Why are Photographs Important?

Regardless of the type of accident you’re involved in, personal injury case photos can be an effective tool to help prove your personal injury case. Specifically, car crashes and wrecks often have multiple theories of liability, meaning pictures are even more important for those types of occurrences. Images can eliminate doubt, show how the events played out and provide graphic evidence of your injuries. Not to mention, documenting your injuries (even the most minor ones) is beneficial to your case in the unfortunate event that your health worsens or an ailment becomes permanent.
Furthermore, photographs can reveal information about the other person(s) involved in the accident – details that may not be found in a police report. Images may also help interpret what a witness did or did not see, as well as evoke a memory.

How to Capture the Details of the Scene

While it’s imperative to take photographs of the accident (and its aftermath) for your personal injury case, it’s critical to note that these images need to be of the best quality possible. The goal is to capture as many details of the scene as you can.
First things first, take more than one picture. In fact, take as many photographs as possible. The greater the number of images you’re able to capture, the higher the probability of catching the needed detail that will serve as your personal injury evidence.
When it comes to documenting your injuries, there are guidelines to consider, including:

  • Don’t wear any jewelry, makeup or clothing that could be deemed “busy” or “distracting”
  • Take pictures in an area that is relatively empty with a plain background (i.e. single-colored wall)
  • Make sure you get several angles of the entire body, including shots zoomed in and zoomed out on cuts, bruises, casts, etc.
  • Try not to smile or pose, as these personal injury case photos are for legal purposes

Other images that you will want to document depend on the type of accident involved. Again, you still want to capture as much as detail as possible. This could mean taking pictures of all vehicles involved in a collision, road conditions, property damage, animals (to document injury cause by a bite or attack), bicycle or construction site.
Capturing as many details of an incident and its aftermath will help your story and your case.

Consult an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

Because going through the legal process following an automobile accident can be both exhausting and stressful, it’s recommended to seek out an experienced personal injury attorney to assist you. If you are currently suffering, then contact The Flood Law Firm today. You’ve been through enough and do not have to carry this burden alone. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation. Let us be your advocates.

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