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The Importance of Photographs in Personal Injury Cases

The importance of photographs in personal injury casesThe old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words”, holds true in personal injury cases. It is imperative to take numerous and detailed photographs as evidence for your personal injury case. Photographs play a significant role in the successful outcome of your case.

Photos of your injuries including any bruising, cuts, exposed bone, broken teeth, damaged or bloody clothing, the accident scene, and the damage on all of the vehicles involved will go a long way in helping your attorney document and prove your personal injury claim. Detailed photographs of the accident scene from as many different angles as possible and photographs of your injuries immediately after the accident and at their various stages of progression are especially helpful. 

If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident, photograph the accident scene from as many different angles as possible.  Include photographs showing the position of the vehicles involved, any broken vehicle parts and debris, and of the damage on all of the vehicles involved. It is extremely important to take enough photographs. Photographs can be used to reconstruct the accident and eliminate any doubt as to how the accident happened. Ideally, shoot as many photos of the accident scene as possible, as it may ultimately be a single photo from the series that helps prove your case.

Your attorney will submit your photographs along with other documentary evidence to the insurance company during the claims process to demonstrate just how serious your injuries are, and the nature and extent of violent forces that your body was subjected to during the accident. Should the insurance company not settle during the claims process and your case proceeds to litigation, your photographs will be given as evidence to a mediator or a judge to show the very serious nature of your injuries.

Photographs are among the strongest, most credible, and persuasive pieces of evidence available to prove your case. Be sure that all of the available photographs from your accident are submitted to your personal injury attorney promptly.  

If your photographs are taken with and stored on a mobile phone, be sure to keep a backup copy of your accident related photos in case you lose or damage your phone. As the lawyers at the Hassell Law Group explain, apps like Google Photos or Apple Photos can be configured to automatically sync with your phone and store a copy of your photos off of the phone.


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