Video Footage and Your Baltimore Personal Injury Claim
Documentation and evidence are a key part of proving negligence in a personal injury claim. One form of evidence is video footage. After an injury, whether that injury happened in a Baltimore car accident or a DC slip and fall event, you need to connect with a Baltimore personal injury lawyer to determine what forms of documentation are needed.
Video footage could be an essential component for your personal injury claim. For example, for car accident claims, Maryland is an at-fault state. Proving another was negligent is essential in order for you to recover damages for losses and medical care.
From Security Cameras to Dash Cams
In our daily life, there are many, many cameras around us. This means your injurious event could have been video recorded without you even realizing the recording occurred. For example, if you were in a retail store, restaurant, or parking lot, the event could be on a security camera footage. Car accidents may have been recorded on dash cams. And, of course, there are individuals recording on smartphones. All of these recordings could be instrumental in proving negligence in a personal injury claim or lawsuit.
Video footage can be very valuable evidence because it is factual. When an individual’s account of events is being disputed, video recordings can help to prove their account. Sometimes, insurance adjusters try to shift the blame from one entity to the victim, video can help stop this process in some instances. It is a strong way to show that there is a need for a settlement because of the negligence of another.
How Lawyers Help with Video Evidenc
When footage can underscore your need for compensation, you may not think a lawyer is needed. But in reality, claims are not always clear cut. Baltimore personal injury lawyers know the ins and out of negotiating with insurance companies. Through those conversations, attorneys can point out the strength of the video evidence. Personal injury professionals know how to maximize settlement amounts, which victims need to pay off medical expenses.
Assessing footage is another element attorneys can help with. After all, the video evidence may prove one part of a claim but not another. A seasoned attorney recognizes these gaps. Then, they can gather other forms of documentation, if needed, such as copies of police reports, witness accounts, and medical reports.
In order to achieve the strength of video evidence, you need to secure the footage before it is erased. Moving forward with a claim as soon as possible is recommended. If footage is recorded over, which is common with security cameras, you will lose that piece of evidence.
Did you sustain an injury in an area with video cameras? If you have high medical expenses, connect with a skilled attorney who can navigate complex claims. Have an experienced attorney work for you. Reach out to the legal team at Iamele & Iamele, LLP. With years of personal injury claim knowledge, our attorneys can help. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.