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Police Body Cameras Can Help in Personal Injury Cases

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police body camera, Illinois personal injury lawyerPersonal injury cases stem from different situations, whether intentional or not, including vehicle accidents, assaults, negligence, dog bites, emotional distress, and more, and can include physical or emotional injury. With more victims or witnesses carrying smartphones there has been an increase in recorded evidence. The Illinois House of Representatives and Senate have both passed a bill that will outline how police body cameras can be used throughout the state. Police body cameras have the potential to bring legitimate personal injury claims traction.

The bill does not require police departments to use the body cameras, but will set standards for use, storage and privacy for all body cameras and recordings for the police departments that do opt to use them. The Chicago Police Department has already started using body cameras. Some citizens are concerned with the use, storage and security of the recordings. There is concern about neighbors asking for a copy of the recording and personal information being given to those who are not involved.

Attorney Christopher Hurley, managing partner at Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C., sees it as a way to give a voice to those who might not be believed or listened to otherwise. Police body cameras will help those involved in personal injury cases where police are called to the scene. They will be able to provide record evidence to support the victim and give them the backup they need and deserve to receive the compensation they deserve.

If signed into law, Illinois would be the first state in the United States to have statewide guidelines for police body cameras. Having statewide guidelines will not only help relieve worries from citizens about privacy and storage, but also help relieve victims’ minds knowing they will have additional evidence to help them support their case. Victims of personal injury cases already have a lot on their minds and knowing the police officer responding to the call will be wearing a body camera can help relieve some of their worries. A personal injury attorney can help you understand your rights to compensation and request the recording from the responding police officer in your personal injury case.

If you have had a personal injury and a police officer responded and was wearing police body camera, contact a Chicago personal injury lawyer today. The attorneys at Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. work diligently to ensure each client is represented in a professional manner and have received many favorable verdicts. Call our Chicago law office at 312-553-4900 for a free case consultation.

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