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Adding value to your personal injury case, one picture at a time

We’re all familiar with the adage, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”  When it comes to insurance companies, the truth is that the only valuable picture is a good picture—especially when it comes to maximizing the value of a personal injury case.

man taking photo of car accident

Most of us have 24/7 access to cameras, which come standard with most phones.  While we may remember to take a picture of a delicious meal, a beautiful sunset, or a belly laugh with a good friend, clients often forget to take pictures of bruises to their bodies or damage to their cars.

If you’ve been involved in a car crash, keep these tips in mind when documenting bodily injury and property damage:

  1. Take pictures from different angles and multiple distances. If you’re photographing a bruise on your leg, it may be hard for someone else to recognize the body part if you only take a single, close-up picture. Similarly, if you take only one photo from far away, it may be hard to see how the scar looks on your body.  The same goes for dents and scrapes on cars.  Don’t forget to take pictures of the outside and inside of your car—especially if your airbags deployed or there are other signs of injury inside the car (e.g blood or broken glass).
  2. Use other items to scale the photo. Consider incorporating everyday objects into your photographs to scale the items in your picture. If you have a small bruise or dent, use a coin.  If you have larger injuries or damage to your car, use a ruler, pen, or pencil.  Take pictures with and without the scaling item.
  3. Blurry photos are no good. Please, please, please look at the photo after you’ve taken the picture.  If an attorney or insurance adjuster cannot tell what is depicted in the picture, it doesnwoman taking photo of car accident’t help or add any value to your case.
  4. Avoid selfies. Have someone else take pictures of the injuries to your body, if possible.  This makes for higher-quality photos and also better depicts how your injuries look to other people.
  5. Photograph the healing process. Cuts and bruises change color with time.  Similarly, if you have surgery or need to use a medical device (e.g. crutches, casts, neck brace), it’s useful to see the progression of your recovery and what you went through to heal your injuries.  If your injuries result in a scar, take pictures of that too.
  6. Videos. Videos are a great way to package a lot of information into one place.  You can have someone else hold the phone as you move around to show the full effect of an injury to your body.  You can take a video as you walk around your car to show the entirety of the property damage.   Make sure to mute the sound and keep the videos short.
  7. Save your work. After you take your injury or property damage photos or videos, email them to yourself and save them on a computer, to the cloud, or somewhere other than your phone.  This extra step will ensure that your evidence is preserved, even if you lose or break your phone.
  8. DO NOT post to social media. The pictures and videos that you take for your personal injury claim are evidence and should remain confidential—between you and your attorney.  Your attorney will share the pictures with the defendant at the appropriate time.

Like a good picture, a good attorney is a must-have when dealing with insurance companies.  If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle crash, call Allen & Allen today for a free consultation at 866-388-1307.