What Should I Take Pictures of After a Slip and Fall Accident?

What Should I Take Pictures of After a Slip and Fall Accident?

Slip and fall accidents are often the result of negligent property management. A business owner who fails to keep their floors clear, a homeowner who doesn’t repair a loose floorboard, or a city that doesn’t pour salt on their icy sidewalks are all parties who could be responsible for injuries if someone falls.

To establish this negligence and recover compensation for the resulting damages, victims need to prove that their injuries were caused by someone’s failure to properly clean, repair, or otherwise maintain their property. One way this can be done is with photographic evidence of how the slip and fall accident happened, and how it affected them.

The Scene

Arguably the most important part of an injury case is proving how it happened — after all, the goal of a claim is to demonstrate that another person’s negligence caused harm. In a slip and fall accident case, photographing the scene is one way to do this.

If you or someone you are with is able to do so, you should get pictures of the area where the accident occurred, and the elements that caused the accident, soon after it happens. Of course, it may be difficult to take pictures when you are injured, so contacting a friend or family member to do so in your absence is another option.

If you can’t get photos immediately after the accident, pictures of the home or business are still helpful even if the hazardous element (a wet floor, misplaced object, or slippery sidewalk) is no longer there. A picture of the area in conjunction with your account of the incident is still effective in helping establish an image of the events.

Your Injuries

In addition to demonstrating how a slip and fall accident happened, you will need to exhibit how it affected you. You should retain all of your medical records and bills as evidence, and photographs can supplement that proof. When photographing your injuries, make sure each picture is accurately timestamped to show the progression of your condition. Frequent, comprehensive photographic evidence is one of the best ways to build your injury case.

When documenting a slip and fall accident, pictures are an essential piece of proof. For experienced representation in your case, contact Goeing Goeing & McQuinn PLLC.

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