Photographs to Preserve Evidence
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to Preserve Evidence," a portion of our Member Only area.
Take your photos while proof of the accident-causing defect remains, or
while evidence of your injury is fresh. Traumatic bruises will disappear,
and your doctor will make no mention of them in your medical record unless
the bruising is extensive, in which case there may be as many as three of
four words in your report saying that you "had contusions."
As noted in the premises liability,
and Photographs at the Scene
sections, you are always well served by returning to the scene of the
accident or injury as soon as practicable. Take a friend with you to take
the photos or to witness you taking the photos. Note the date and time in
your notepad. Your friend may have to testify that the photos are true and
accurate representations or depictions of the scene that existed on the day
the photographs were taken. Do not try to be fancy or exaggerate the scene
by using telephoto or wide-angle lenses. Use a standard 35-millimeter if
you are using an SLR camera or whatever lens comes on your range finder.
You need to note down the type of camera you use because, if you end up
going to trial, lens distortion can be a challenge. If you use a telephoto
lens or wide-angle lens, you are distorting the image and it will be
challenged. If you want to focus in on a particular aspect using a
telephoto lens, that is perfectly fine. Just make sure that you also take a
picture at 35 millimeters so the normal perspective can be shown if