Visual aids and graphic illustrations are common in most trials these days, so your Michigan injury lawyer will likely want to obtain photographic evidence of your injuries. This is particularly true of injuries that will eventually heal over time (e.g., contusions, burns, and black eyes) and may not look as severe when a jury or insurance adjuster actually examines the evidence. In that situation, photos are priceless for portraying the accurate extent of your original injury. Certain types of wounds (cuts and injuries to the eye) and scars are best depicted with a photograph.
In addition, photographs depicting the treatments you went through are extremely important. A verbal description of a medical procedure can sound dry and dull, and not particularly painful. A photo can be much more persuasive in convincing the jury of the anguish you may have suffered. Doctors often take photos of their procedures. For example, reconstructive surgeons usually photograph each step of their therapy. Also, many surgeons take photos during each stage of an operation, particularly during arthroscopic surgery, when doctors photograph various views on the display monitor. Your Michigan injury lawyer will want to get copies of these photographs from your doctors.
The simplest method for your Michigan injury lawyer to get photos of your injuries is for you to keep a photographic journal. Although photos you take yourself may not be as artistic or well-lit as those taken by a professional photographer, they will probably be satisfactory. If you take the photographs, be sure to depict any modifications in your treatment. For example, if you have an arm injury, you should photograph your arm before, during, and after the cast is on, to show any deterioration and damage to your skin that may have resulted.
If you have question about how to compile a photographic journal or about any other aspect of your case, and you would like to speak with an experienced Michigan injury lawyer, please contact me.