If you have been injured and you are eligible for compensation, it is important to ensure that you take the time to build the strongest case you are able to, one that will have the best chance of getting you the money that you deserve. One of the best ways that you can strengthen your claim is by taking photos of injuries that you incurred as a result of the accident. However, it is important that the photos are of the required standard, which is why we have put together this article on how to get your photographs right.
Firstly, it is important that any photographs you take that include your face should not portray you smiling. It might seem obvious, but you would be surprised how many people go onto smiling autopilot when they have got a camera lens pointed at them. Just as you would for a passport photo, maintain a serious, professional expression. This is, after all, a serious matter.
Secondly, you need to remove any jewellery and accessories that you are wearing. As above, the requirement is for you to present a professional impression – you do not want to look like you are not taking this issue as seriously as possible.
Thirdly, ensure you use as high a quality camera as possible. The better the camera, the greater the detail of the injury that will be captured. This is important in relaying the seriousness of the damage and could have a substantial impact as to how much you are compensated. For instance, a poor quality mobile camera may only detect the dark centre of an area of bruising, while in reality the yellower exterior spreads out across a much wider region of the body.
It is also important to include at least one shot of the whole body, in order to identify the bearer of the injuries. If this is not done, then the other side of the claim could potentially make the argument that the photographs are from an unrelated incident and that they are not of you. If by the time you make the claim the injuries have healed, this can be a tough point to debate.
You should ensure that you take multiple shots of each injury, from different viewpoints. This helps on two levels: firstly, it will enable those deliberating your claim to consider the injuries in more detail. Secondly, it will give the impression that you are a conscientious individual who is keen to be accurate.
As well as a full body shot, you should also include some close ups – especially if you have suffered from scarring as a result of the injury. A detailed, up-close shot of bruises, scars, surgical sites, casts and the like is an essential part of the photo set.
Ensure you also remove any clutter from the photo, as this will once again give the impression of unprofessionalism; your photos should be set against a plain background. If you need to go to a specific location in order to get shots with a plain backdrop, then do so.
Finally, ensure that you save all of your pictures onto a digital CD and make backups of them. You may need to refer to the photos on multiple occasions.
Date Published: October 1, 2013
Author: David Brown