We have talked about the general overview of personal injury cases and some important things to remember when you are involved in a personal injury case. Another question we get a lot when we meet initially with clients is whether the client should have taken pictures or tried to do more to document the scene of the accident. In auto accident cases, most police departments will take pictures of the scene of the accident and the damage to any vehicles in the accident. So, for the most part, some evidence will be saved by the investigating officers. However, there are many ways with which our clients run into unfortunate accidents leading the injury. These range from slip and falls, dog bites, trip and falls, and many other accidents. There are not always police to help document the scene, and a few pictures can go a long way towards getting a more efficient and prompt settlement.
If you are involved in one of these unfortunate injuries, the first thing to address is medical treatment. This cannot be stressed enough. The most important thing is always to get help and get the medical treatment you need as soon as you can get it. However, in today’s era everyone seems to have a cell phone or a small camera with them at just about all times. One of the most helpful things to do if it is possible is to take out the camera and document the scene. We have had many cases where a client’s simple idea of taking a couple of pictures with their cell phone has made a significant difference in the outcome of their case. These range from taking pictures of black ice formed in the parking lot, to pictures of a set of stairs that was in violation of state building codes, and even to an auto accident where the investigating officer did not have a camera due to their town’s cost constraints.
Regardless of whether a client has the wherewithal to document the scene where they were injured, it is always a priority for our office. We take great efforts to learn the facts of the accident and how to diagram what happened for a potential jury. This ability to show the individuals involved with deciding your case exactly what happened helps remove doubt from the insurance company and/or opposing counsel and leads to more prompt and efficient resolutions. This is just one of the many ways our office has honed and refined our injury practice over the many years we have been handling injury cases. This allows for easier resolutions and less stress for our clients.