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How Video Footage Can Help – Or Hurt – Your Case

Personal Injury Law and Gavel
These days video cameras are everywhere. Most stores have surveillance cameras. Police cars are outfitted with dash cams, and many officers have body cameras. Many drivers are now installing dash cams in their vehicles. Lastly, cell phones are often now used by bystanders to events or accidents.
How Video Footage Can Help Your Case
In many cases, having video footage of your accident or footage of the aftermath of your accident can help the judge or jury understand your case. Being able to see the accident as it happened is a powerful tool.
In a slip and fall case, one of the most important things you must prove is that what you slipped on was on the floor for a significant period of time. Video footage could show when the dangerous condition was created and who created it.
Videotapes can also be helpful in documenting the scene and injuries after the accident. If you are able to videotape a car accident scene with your cell phone, this can be an important piece of evidence.
Dash cams can help resolve liability in an auto accident case. For example, our law firm recently started working on a claim where our client received a bad police report. Luckily he had a dash cam in his vehicle. The video showed the other side was at fault and that an independent witness was wrong or not being truthful.
How Video Footage Can Hurt Your Case
After a lawsuit has been filed and the victim has testified in a deposition1 about the injuries he or she has sustained, defendants and insurance companies sometimes hire private investigators to video you in public.
These investigators are trying to record you partaking in physical activity in order to discredit your statements about how injured you are. Your attorney may be able to successfully argue that the video does not show the full story of your recovery. However, it can be difficult to present a narrative contrary to the investigator’s video. Video footage is an extremely persuasive.
Contact a Chicago Personal Injury As Soon As Possible
Video footage can be an excellent tool to prove your case. In many cases, the video footage becomes unavailable because stores often tape over video footage after a short period of time, unless the footage is requested.
For this reason, it is important to contact an attorney so that this footage can be located before it is destroyed. The Illinois plaintiff attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. will be able to quickly assess your case and begin gathering evidence. Some videotapes can be obtained by a simple verbal request while other tapes require a written request or a subpoena.
Call the Illinois personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. for a free initial evaluation of your case.
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