If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident on another person or business’s property, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries. However, you will first need to prove that the owner or the management of the property was negligent. Photos and videos could be very compelling evidence that could help convince liable parties to settle claims fairly instead of risking the claim turning into a personal injury lawsuit.
Essential Things to Document at the Accident Scene
Clear photos and videos of your slip and fall accident are immensely crucial since they can help paint a clearer picture of the incident. They can also confirm the presence of an unsafe object or condition or the property owner’s failure to fix the hazardous condition. When taking videos and photos, make sure to document the following from multiple angles:
- The dangerous condition caused your injuries
- The ground or floor that surrounds the hazard, including whether the surface is uneven, icy, dirty, sticky, etc.
- If the slip and fall accident occurred outside, try to capture the weather conditions too
- The lighting, if the accident happened indoors
- Any banisters or handrails, if the accident occurred on steps
- Any wreckage or slip marks, if you knocked over things as you fell
- The surrounding area
Do not move a single thing in the scene when you take photos, as this might come across as staging the scene. Disrupting or removing any evidence will undermine your credibility and ultimately hurt your claim. Additionally, even if you just adjusted something in one photo, all of your pictures may be treated with doubt. Put simply, don’t give the insurance company any reason to doubt your injuries.
Document Your Slip and Fall Accident Injuries
This will help document the exact nature and severity of your injuries. If possible, take photos of your injuries at the scene of the accident. Continue taking photos while you’re recovering to demonstrate the progression of your injuries. Make sure to take pictures from various angles. If your clothes got destroyed and/or bloodied when you fell, take photos of your injuries with the clothes on and off. While your medical records may suffice, photos and/or videos will provide visible details of your injuries.
Why What You Were Wearing During the Slip and Fall Accident is Important
Liable parties typically attempt to lay blame on a slip and fall accident victim by arguing that the victim’s footwear or clothing somehow contributed to the accident. Fortunately, pictures of your clothes and shoes can help confirm that you did not contribute or cause your injury. Once you’re photographed everything, place them in a clean container for safekeeping until your claim has been resolved.
Get Help from an Experienced New Jersey Slip and Fall Accident Attorney Today
You will need help from an experienced New Jersey slip and fall accident lawyer if the liable party doesn’t accept responsibility for the accident, or worse, is trying to put the blame on you or downplaying your injuries. Your lawyer can also use the photos and videos of your slip and fall accident to prove that your injuries resulted from the property owner’s negligence. Contact the Leonard Lawyer Group online or call us at 973-984-1414 to schedule your free claim evaluation today.