The Importance of Pictures in Personal Injury Cases

Woman with phone taking photos of an accident or an injury

When you’re involved in an accident, it can be overwhelming, confusing, and scary.

Oftentimes you may forget the details of what happened or be unsure about specifics.

The good news is, you likely already own something that can help protect you in situations like these—your smartphone.

Your smartphone’s camera could be the difference between receiving compensation for your injuries and lowball offers from insurance companies.

How Do Pictures Help with Personal Injury Cases?

Pictures provide evidence of your experience in an accident and without them, it can be difficult to prove what you say is true.

Use your camera to document, whether you were in a car accident, involved a slip and fall injury or suffered a dog bite.

Pictures can show where the accident happened, what happened during the accident if there is video security footage, what may have caused the accident, or who may be at fault.

Pictures can also show your injuries or damage to your property all of which can be extremely important evidence to support your case.

What to Do Right After an Accident

Immediately after an accident, you may not be in any kind of condition to take photos. However, if you have a friend who was unharmed with you or someone else who may help—they can take pictures for you.

If, for example, you are in a minor accident where both parties are relatively unharmed, you can take photos while waiting for medical and police personnel to arrive.

You should always make sure that you receive medical attention as soon as possible when hurt.

Even if you feel that you might not be seriously hurt right now, you may suffer from problems tomorrow or next week.

How to Take Photos for Your Personal Injury Case

If you can take photos, you should try to take as many pictures as possible, including the surrounding area.

While you may only see damage on your bumper if you were in a car accident, there may be something else you didn’t see at the time of the accident that could help your case.

It’s helpful to have more pictures than you might think you need, just in case details need to be confirmed.

Another important point—take photos of the property damage, but also take photos of your injuries if there are visible signs.

Keep taking photos of how it looks each day and week. This allows you to easily show your injury and its progression.

What to Do with the Pictures

Your attorney will ask you for any photos you might have at the time of your initial consultation, but it’s important that you continue to send photos of your injury progression as you take them.

Don’t feel like you’re bothering us—we want to have as much evidence as we can to support your case.

Injured in an Accident That Wasn’t Your Fault?

Contact the personal injury attorneys at VanDerGinst Law.

We have over 30 years of experience in personal injury and focus all efforts on personal injury cases.

Your first consultation is free, and if we don’t win, you don’t pay a dime.

Our experienced and knowledgeable legal team will guide you through your case one step at a time.

The insurance companies have a team of lawyers on their side, so it only makes sense that you should too.

Contact VanDerGinst Law today for a free case review and consultation.


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