The saying goes that “a picture is worth a thousand words”. This is very true, especially when you have been injured in an accident. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, suffered a slip and fall accident, injured on a construction site, or even been bitten by a dog photographs can be very effective evidence in your personal injury case. Good pictures can help explain how the injury occurred and document your injuries, strengthening your case.
You should take pictures of any visible injuries as well as the damage to the vehicles if you have been in an accident. Try to include a picture of each vehicle’s license plate number as well. It is also helpful to take “scene” pictures of the surrounding area, including any skid marks, street and traffic control signs as well as the streets and their layouts. If you were injured in a fall, take pictures of where you fell and what caused you to fall while the condition still exists (such as snow and ice, or defective stairs).
It is also helpful to document your injuries, as well as your healing in pictures. Bruising, wounds and scars are all important to document while the injuries are readily apparent, photographs showing any medical treatment such as sutures, casts, braces can all help tell your story to the insurance company or to a jury about what you experienced. If you have trouble performing any activities of daily living discuss these with your attorney, perhaps a video will explain these difficulties better than the written word. Good photographs can increase the value of a claim when it comes time to resolve your case.