When people get involved in a personal injury, the first thought in their head is what the accident might cost them. However, the first thought in a Florida personal injury case should be to take photographs of the incident and your injuries. This will resolve your first concern as the photographs will help you in claiming compensation.
Why is it Important to Take Photographs?
People take a ton of photographs every day but the thing about pictures is that their worth is made only when they’re taken in the right place at the right time. In a Florida personal injury case, taking photographs is more important than putting your phones away in the aftermath. The reason being that the photograph will do better talking than any attorney can, as they can act as admissible evidence in your case.
Here are some benefits of taking photographs after a car accident:
1. Prove Physical Damage:
Photographs can prove to be very useful in proving the extent of damage done to your vehicle.
In case the other driver makes a claim that your car wasn’t damaged in the crash, you’ll have pictures that can prove otherwise. Moreover, if your photographs are timestamped, the at-fault driver or their insurance company will be prevented from claiming that some of the damages were done to your car after the accident. So, when you make the claim, you must file the photographs you took at the time of the incident.
2. Prove Injuries:
Photographs can confirm the extent of the injuries that you sustained during the accident.
These photographs should also be time-stamped to prevent the tricks of the at-fault driver’s insurance company to get your claim denied. What’s more, is that the photographs interest the jury more than X-rays or medical reports.
3. Evidence Regarding Fault:
One thing that’s hard to prove in an accident is whose fault was it and how did the accident occur. Photographs can resolve this by providing the details like skid marks, point of impact, road conditions, a shot of a stop sign, weather conditions, position of cars after an accident, and road debris. All of these details can help you in disapproving the accusation of fault. Pictures of different angles can prove to be the key to helping the jury realize how the accident happened.
4. Identify Witnesses:
Photographs can catch the evidence of bystanders, bus stops, and nearby buildings which might turn out useful in identifying the witnesses. These photos will also remind you to contact these witnesses for testimony.
5. Remembering Important Facts:
We can never remember everything from the scene of the accident. So, photographs can play a vital role in helping you recall the facts that might have faded out in chaos or the things that went by unnoticed. A photograph of the at-fault driver’s number plate can be helpful in filing a claim.
Taking Photographs in Florida Personal Injury Case:
It is important to know that you have to take photographs but also what you are supposed to photograph in which type of incident in a Florida Personal Injury Case:
If you ever get into an accident the first thing you should do, if you’re able to, is taking pictures and record videos of the accident and damage to not only your vehicle but the other vehicle too. Most people don’t realize that when you make a claim you need to have pictures of both vehicles to show the impact of the accident.
Slip, Trip, and Fall:
In the case of a slip, trip, and fall, the photographs of the place you fell and what you fell on hold great importance. You must also take photographs of the cause of the incident; whether it was a loose railing on a stairway, a hole in a sidewalk, spilled water, banana peels, or ice cream.
If there was an injury involving an electrical blow-up, you are supposed to take photographs of the remains of the product that blew up. Also, whenever you are able to either at the time of the incident or soon after it, take photographs of your injuries. Whatever cuts, bruises, or contusions you have. You must continue taking them every day, or several times a day until they are completely healed. These photographs are highly important for Florida’s personal injury claims to show the injury’s extent to the judge, jury, and insurance adjusters.
Basically, photographs can create a total view of why you are filing a claim for injuries, disfigurement, pain, and the suffering you sustained as a consequence of this accident. You can put a monetary value for all of it and claim for settlement or trial.
If you have been a part of a Florida personal injury case and need guidance on how to take it forward, contact our lawyers. Our experienced lawyers are going to get you the compensation you deserve.