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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Why do you need photos of an accident scene?


    If you are planning to make a claim for compensation based on an injury you have suffered due to someone else’s error, then it is your duty to present as much legitimate evidence you can regarding the incident. Essentially, the stronger the evidence you present, the more likely your case is to be successful and the more compensation you are likely to get as a result. Obtaining photographs at the accident scene is one of the most important pieces of evidence you can present – but why is that? Well, there are four main reasons:

    Firstly, it will ensure that your case is built on more than just your word. Whilst your claim may be legitimate, the simple fact is that some people will try to get compensation from an innocent party, or not accept responsibility for their own mistakes. A set of photographs detailing the damage done at the scene – both in terms of physical injuries obtained and property that’s been damaged – will mean that those deliberating on the case will be able to gain a more accurate picture of what has occurred, and will be able to make a more informed decision as a result. They will also be able to initially confirm that an incident has indeed taken place.

    Secondly, it is important that photographs are taken, because most injuries will heal in time and it may be that the case outlasts them. For instance, if you suffer damage to your legs as a result of a fall at work then it is likely that there will be both internal and external bruising. However, it may be that by the time the claim is put through, the external bruising has faded. This could mean that although you are still in pain, you will have no physical evidence to support the fact. Taking photos at the time of the injury will mean you can prove that there was serious damage initially.

    Thirdly, for some cases it is important to confirm that hazards responsible for the accident were in a genuine state of disrepair when the incident occurred. For instance, if you suffer a severe cut on your leg as a result of a poorly laid paving slab causing you to trip and fall, it is important to present evidence that the slab itself was indeed a hazard. By the time the claim goes through, the chances are the council responsible will have had it repaired – especially if they know that it has been responsible for causing damage.

    Finally, photographs will ensure that the solicitor representing you is able to pursue a more aggressive case and will be able to obtain more money. Whilst some solicitors may take on a case that has no photographic evidence, they would generally much prefer to present one that does. Simply put, they will know – and have conclusive proof – that they are on a winning argument and that the compensation they obtain is entirely justified. Photographic evidence will mean that the solicitor in question will be able to trust your word entirely and will therefore be able to argue aggressively on your behalf, leading to an increase in the compensation paid.

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    Date Published: October 1, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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