If you are seeking compensation for an injury you sustained due to someone else’s negligence, you will have to present evidence to demonstrate which party was at-fault. Taking photographs is an excellent way to document physical injuries as well as property damage.
Without documentation, it will just be your word against theirs, with plenty of room for interpretation. Even if you have witnesses, memories are often not reliable after the fact. A picture will depict the accident scene and injuries accurately, strengthening your case.
If you have sustained an injury, follow these tips to help you take proper personal injury photos which may be used as evidence in your case.
Personal Injury Photos
- Do not smile; these photographs are not portraits, but legal photos.
- Dress in clean, casual clothing. Do not wear makeup and take off all jewelry.
- Take photos in a clean, clutter-free setting.
- Take at least one full-body photo. This will allow the viewer to identify you as the person who has sustained the injury in question.
- Take a number of pictures of each view, making sure the photos are in focus.
- If you have casts or braces, be sure to photograph them.
- If you have undergone surgery related to your injury, photograph the surgical site.
- Zoom in to capture close-up images of all injuries. Take photos from multiple angles.
- Zoom out to capture the entire injury, bruise or scar.
- Save all images to a CD or flash drive so they can be easily accessed. If you are using film, be sure to request digital images when you have the film developed.
- Photograph the whole accident scene using multiple angles.
- Photograph stoplights and signs, as they may be pertinent to the actions which caused the accident.
- Take photos of all other vehicles involved. You should take photos of the proximity of the vehicles to each other and the accident location; these will demonstrate where each vehicle was when the accident occurred.
- Photograph weather conditions.
- Photograph damaged items, such as trees, guardrails, and signs.
- Take close-up photographs of damage to your vehicle and the other vehicles involved.
- Photograph skid marks, broken glass, and other damaged vehicle components.
- Photograph other drivers, passengers, and law enforcement on the scene.
- Photograph an item, such as a cell phone, which displays the time and date that the accident took place.
- Take photos of your injuries.