How to photograph injuries

Whether due to a car crash, dog attack or slip-and-fall accident, you may suffer a catastrophic injury. If someone else caused or contributed to your injury, you may be able to pursue financial compensation to help you better manage life after it.

To boost your odds of receiving what you need to recover completely, you should seek medical care after suffering any type of injury. While technical medical records make good evidence, you may also want to take some photographs of your injuries.

Your initial injuries

As soon as you are physically, emotionally and mentally able, you should take some photographs of your initial injuries. Doing so gives you a snapshot of your injuries immediately after you sustained them. If your injuries heal over time, these photos may put their severity into context.

Your treatment

Sometimes, serious injuries require surgery or extensive rehabilitation. Continuing to photograph your injuries and experiences through the duration of your treatment may help to explain your long road to recovery. If you have complications during your treatment, you also should consider photographing the effects of them.

Your home modifications

If your injuries require you to modify your home, you should take some photographs of the modifications you make. Photographing ramps, grab bars, new flooring and other modifications may show the significant impact your injury has had on your life.

Because dealing with a life-altering injury can be both stressful and painful, you may not feel much like taking photographs. Still, photos are often the most effective way to document the incident and its aftermath in a personal and untechnical way.