By Adam (A.J.) Allegro, Esq.

One of the major advantages of living in this technologically-advanced period of time is that almost everything we do can be captured on camera or through some other means on a cell phone. Within seconds, an image of a fancy dinner at a restaurant can be uploaded to Instagram or a photo of a new pet can be posted to Facebook. The same technology can also serve as a tool for recording photographic evidence for use in a personal injury case.

For example, in a motor vehicle accident, in order to support the force of an impact or to aid the accident scene investigation later on, pictures of the crash, the vehicles, and the damage can be useful, particularly when vehicles may be towed from the scene or otherwise moved soon after an accident occurs.

Another example can be found in the ability to record images of a defect that led to someone falling and becoming injured. Very often, without proof of the actual property where the fall occurred and the specific evidence of what was defective, winning may be difficult. However, with the use of hand-held mobile cameras and smart phone technology, documenting a hole in the pavement, broken stairs, or un-cleared snow or ice just requires the click of a button. This is especially beneficial in cases where the defect, for example ice and snow, may be quickly removed after the injury occurs or where the weather itself may cover up the defect or cause it to disappear.

As autumn quickly approaches, there is sure to be a huge increase in the potential for injuries caused by property defects, particularly as it becomes darker earlier, and falling leaves, which are not properly removed, cover up property defects like holes in driveways or sidewalks. Although it would be far more beneficial if the smart phone in your pocket was able to alert you of such a defect before an injury occurs and direct you away from it, at least a photograph can be taken that will provide photographic evidence of the dangerous condition that caused you to fall in the first place.

Here at Trantolo and Trantolo, a smartphone photograph can be uploaded from home and sent to our staff, thereby allowing a severely injured potential client to have their photographs reviewed and an evaluation of the defect almost instantly.

If you or someone you care about has been injured and needs our help, please do not hesitate to contact us at (860)-522-9248 or online at