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The Value of Video Evidence – Cameras are everywhere!

There has been a tremendous increase in the number of personal injury cases we are handling in which the event has been captured on video. While having such evidence is of tremendous value in evaluating and proving our clients’ cases, obtaining it does require an injured person to seek counsel more promptly than in days past.

To give you an idea of the prevalence of such videos, we have or are currently handling cases in which the following events have been captured on video:

  • an intoxicated driver fleeing a state trooper for several minutes at high speed and running a red light crashing into our client’s mini-van;
  • an auto repair facility employee losing control of a vehicle as he drove into the service bay striking our client;
  • a client struck by a pick-up truck while crossing in the marked crosswalk with the crosswalk sign illuminated;
  • a client struck in a commercial parking while in a marked crosswalk.

Lest you think that this video evidence is limited to motor vehicle crashes, we have also obtained a video of the wet floor of the entrance to a busy store showing the need and absence of a floor mat. And we are currently waiting to receive the video in another trip and fall case involving a commercial establishment in which our client’s trip and fall was captured on video.

The sources of these videos have been as varied as the videos themselves, ranging from police cruiser dash cameras, police body cameras, ring doorbells, and surveillance cameras in commercial businesses. It is essential to recognize that many of these videos need to be obtained quickly. Often, the recordings are kept for only short periods of time before they are recorded over.

An experienced personal injury lawyer has the knowledge and know-how to obtain these videos by sending preservation letters, contacting the investigating police officers, or promptly issuing FOIA requests. However, that is only possible if the person injured or someone who is acting on his or her behalf contacts a lawyer promptly after the incident. Since the injured person seeking compensation has the burden of proving what happened, videos capturing the event can literally make or break a case.

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Thomas J. Curcio
Founder

Tom Curcio, the driving force behind Curcio Law, is a dedicated trial lawyer with more than 37 years of experience in Northern Virginia. He has dedicated his career to representing people who have been seriously injured through no fault of their own. He works tirelessly to obtain the compensation his clients are legally entitled to…

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Rakin Hamad
Associate

Rakin Hamad is a graduate of the George Mason Law School and joined Curcio Law as an associate in August 2018. Rakin works closely with Tom Curcio and staff in preparing cases from the initial client meeting through trial and has been a perfect fit for the firm. During law school, Rakin interned at the…

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Justin Curcio
Associate

Justin Curcio received his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law in 2015, where he was awarded an academic scholarship. During law school, he worked for the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office and the law firm of Bartlett, McDonough & Monaghan, LLP. Justin also spent a semester studying law at the University of Glasgow…

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Riann Winget
Legal Assistant/Receptionist

Riann Winget, a native Texan, graduated with a BA in Psychology and a Minor in Legal Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017. She was a member of the varsity soccer team, Chi Omega Sorority, and was on the university board for Big Brothers Big Sisters. After graduation, she joined AmeriCorps and taught preschool…

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Maureen Burke, RN, MSN
Nurse Consultant

Maureen Burke was born and raised in the Boston, Massachusetts area and relocated to the Alexandria area in 1984 where she and her husband raised their three children. Maureen graduated with a BS in Nursing from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire and an MS in Nursing from George Mason University. Maureen has worked at…

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