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If you are involved in a car accident—or any type of accident—you would be wise to take photographs of all injuries, even if they seem minor at the time. These will be helpful for any physicians, for filing police reports and possibly for insurance disputes or legal claims. Here are some pointers legal columnist Joyce J. Sweinberg, of Avvo.com, says to keep in mind when photographing injuries:

  • Be serious. Do not smile or give the appearance that you are making light of the situation.
  • Keep it simple. Do not include jewelry or makeup on the areas of the body you are photographing, and keep clothing casual. Make sure there is no clutter or household objects in the background.
  • Include your face. Remember take a complete body shot so you can be identified in the photo. If you have to take additional close ups and that is not possible, take a least a few where you can be identified.
  • Multiple shots. Take more photos than you think you need. If you feel it may be helpful to photograph the surrounding area where the injury occurred, do that as well.
  • Back it up. Make sure to save a digital copy on a disk or a separate hard drive, or print out the photos. This could be a huge lifesaver for any disputes.

Have you or a loved one been involved in an accident? Did you take photographs? If you did not, do you think they would have been helpful?

Wooten, Kimbrough & Normand, P.A.—Orlando personal injury attorneys.

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