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How To Take Photos For A Personal Injury Case

If you are involved in a personal injury accident, the last thing you want to do is give the other party ammunition to question your integrity or your sanity. That is why it is important to present clear, convincing photographic evidence that supports your case. Here are a few tips on how to take usable photos.

First of all, it doesn’t matter how good your pictures look if they are pictures of the wrong subject matter. Here are a two things to make sure you capture.

The Scene

You want to establish where the accident occurred, what the conditions were at the time, anything unusual about the scene, and other pertinent information about what caused the accident. If it was a traffic accident, take pictures of the intersection where the accident occurred.

The Damage

You will need to get photos of any damage to personal property, as well as any personal injuries that were a result of the accident, including bumps, bruises, cuts, broken bones, etc.

Once you know the subject of your photos, here are a few tips on how to take a good photo.

  1. Lighting and Focus- You don’t need to use studio quality lights, but make sure that the lighting makes it easy to see what is pictured. Also, it is important to ensure the picture is in focus. Blurry photos are not usable photos. See: Sasquatch.
  2. Angles- Take pictures of the injury from a few different angles, including close up shots of the injuries and a few shots from further away, including a whole person shot. This helps to see details of the injury and provide perspective to demonstrate the scale of the injury.
  3. Background- Remove any distractions from the photo. You don’t want background items such as furniture, personal items, or the family pet to distract from the focus of the photo.
  4. Goal- Don’t wear a bunch of make up or jewelry, and don’t smile in the photos. Your goal isn’t to get a date or a new profile pic, your goal is to show injury.
  5. Save- Put all of the photos on a CD or a flash drive so you can easily get them to your attorney or any other party that may need them.

If you have been involved in an injury in the Tavares area, don’t face it alone. Oldham & Smith can help you protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve. For a free consultation, or for more information, contact us here today.

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