The Role of Surveillance Video in Your Personal Injury ClaimTrusted Content
Legally reviewed by:Erik Abrahamson, J.D. June 07, 2019
Surveillance video can be a powerful tool in a personal injury case. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but a video can be even more valuable. These days, cameras are everywhere. Surveillance cameras can be found inside and outside businesses. There may even be surveillance video in places you didn’t expect.
Why is Surveillance Video Evidence Important?
Sometimes in an accident case, there are two different stories, and it is difficult to determine what should be believed. Surveillance video can provide important details to help establish what happened. In a car accident case, video from surrounding businesses can be used to help establish who was at fault and what occurred. In addition, a red-light camera may capture a negligent driver breaking the law. In addition to surveillance video, dash cam video from inside a car can also be helpful in putting together the facts of an accident.
Surveillance cameras inside businesses can be used to show what happened in a slip and fall accident. Many businesses have cameras inside their establishments to prevent and deter theft. These cameras may be used to establish that a dangerous condition existed that resulted in someone becoming seriously injured. A video could show the existence of an unaddressed spill or torn carpeting. In some cases, it can be used to establish how long a dangerous condition existed and whether a business owner had time to address the hazard. In many premises liability cases, surveillance video is the most compelling evidence of what happened as sometimes there aren’t any eyewitnesses present.
Obtaining Video Surveillance
Getting a hold of video surveillance is not always easy. Some businesses are reluctant to give up information, especially if an accident occurred on their premises. Contacting an attorney as soon as possible after an accident can be helpful. An attorney will need time to conduct an investigation and obtain any available video if they are able to do so.
Contact a Tampa Bay Personal Injury Attorney
If you’ve been injured due to someone’s negligence, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney in Tampa. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have over 30 years of experience helping Floridians injured by negligence. Contact us online or call us at 800-538-4878 to set up your free consultation today.