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In the old days, especially in the VERY old days of American life in the 19th century, court cases were difficult to conduct with any kind of absolute certainty. That’s because the sciences of analysis and data gathering weren’t what they are today, and, perhaps more importantly, the ability to document events wasn’t anywhere near as easy and instantaneous as it is in the 21st century when most people have a phone capable to taking photos and shooting video.

In the 19th and 20th centuries, when people conducted a personal injury case, it very often devolved into a simple battle of “my word against yours,” and what little evidence could be documented, preserved and presented to the court was extremely difficult to come by, especially when it came to personal injury cases where wounds could have healed by the time the case actually went to court.

Today, it’s a very different story. In addition to the smartphones that most people carry, police cars, gas stations, automated teller machines, most retail stores, and even some parking lots now have cameras equipped to record all activity.

Now, when something happens, especially in a heavily urbanized spaces of most Florida cities and towns, there will be surveillance cameras, or simply someone with some kind of portable photographic device, that can document an event.

And this is something that, during a crisis, you absolutely must try to keep in mind for the good of a personal injury case.

Preserve The Truth

If you, someone close to you, or simply witnesses on the street have the ability to document an injury incident, you should do so immediately. The best way to contradict a false statement is with actual photographic or video evidence. Documenting a car accident where the other driver is at fault, for example, can circumvent many potential problems in court. There may be claims from a defendant that you are at fault for improper driving, but if there is surveillance footage of the accident itself, that footage can quickly negate this argument. There may be claims that the damage to a car wasn’t serious, but photos of the car damage at the scene of the accident can once again quickly negate those claims with irrefutable proof of the wreckage. There may even be claims that the injuries themselves weren’t serious, but if you, a loved one, or even witnesses on the scene were documenting the accident, the scope of the injuries becomes apparent very quickly with careful photographic or video evidence.

Video documentation, especially with sound also being recorded, is a very good way to capture the truth of an event and, more importantly the behavior of the people involved. The defendant in an accident may claim that they were very helpful, or that you are exaggerating the extent of your injuries. But if there is video showing the defendant as being rude, abrasive or unhelpful, all of these bits of evidence contribute towards showing the legitimacy of your case even as it shows the defendants attempting to mitigate their financial responsibility by trying to downplay the seriousness of the event.

It’s understandably difficult to maintain a calm, collected head in the aftermath of an accident, but if you know that someone else is responsible for the accident, and you can keep your wits about you, the best possible thing you can do yourself is ensure that as much of the truth is preserved as possible. Anything that you do not manage to document is left up to investigation and, ultimately speculation. The most infuriating thing in the world is knowing that you are right, but watching someone else make a more convincing argument that you are wrong. None of that is possible in a situation where you can say “This happened,” and the photographic and video evidence is there to back you up. The ability to shoot photos and record video are the greatest weapons that you and your personal injury lawyer can have in a case. You can help yourself, your lawyer and your case to no end with evidence to reinforce your claims. If you have a case, and you have this kind of photographic and video documentation on hand, contact us at and we will do everything in our power to ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

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