We are all familiar with the term “picture is worth a 1,000 words." The same principle applies to taking pictures in personal injury actions. It is very important to take pictures in case of a car accident, truck accident, bus accident, motorcycle accident, pedestrian accident, construction site accident, slip and fall, dog bites, burn injuries, etc.
But, what should you photograph and why? Taking pictures following an injury causing event can help document the event, the scene and your injuries. In a car accident, take pictures of your property damage before your car is repaired. At the scene of the accident, try to take pictures of the other driver’s vehicle.
What about the scene? Well, that depends on the circumstances. For example, it is more important to take photographs at an intersection where the accident occurred versus photographs in a rear-end collision where both parties pull over to the side of the freeway to exchange information.
In a slip and fall, (if possible) take pictures of the substance that caused you to slip and fall and of its surroundings. This becomes especially important if you slip on a liquid at the supermarket and see garbage, footprints or shopping cart tracks inside the liquid.
In all cases, take photographs of your injuries, making sure that you adhere to the following rules:
Photo setting: Take the photographs in an area clear of clutter or household objects, such as mirrors, tables, etc., which could distract the viewer’s attention from your injuries.
Clothing and Jewelry: Avoid wearing jewelry or makeup. Dress in clean and casual clothing.
Facial expression: Do not make facial expressions or smile while taking the photographs. Making faces or smiling could leave a bad impression on anyone seeing the photos.
Multiple shots: Take more than one photograph of your injuries, using different angles.
Full shot: Take at least one photograph showing your whole body. In doing so, make sure that the photo identifies you as the person with the broken arm, broken leg, lacerations, etc.
Casts: Take photographs of all casts.
Surgery sites: Take several photographs of any surgical sites, showing stiches, scars, etc.
Closeups: Take closeup photos of any scars, bruises, cuts, scrapes, casts, surgical sites, etc. In fact, take several shots, using different angles.
Zoom out: In addition to taking closeups photos, zoom out and take at least one overall photo of a scar, bruise, cut, cast, etc., showing the entire scar, bruise, cut, cast, etc.
Save a copy of your pictures: Save a backup copy of the photographs onto a compact disc.
Mason Rashtian is the owner/partner of The Mason Law Firm, specializing in personal injury matters, including, but not limited to accidents, slip and falls, dog bites, electrocutions, food poisoning, and defective products. We represent clients throughout the State of California.
If you have a legal question, Mr. Rashtian will provide you with an honest and complete assessment and educate you as to your options. There is never a fee unless there is recovery. Please contact him at (661) 362-0805 or (818) 700-8422 or visit his website at http://www.mrscvlaw.com or http://scvinjuryline.com