Law Firm Adds Drone to Arsenal of Resources Available to Win Cases

Elevation map created using the firm drone
Elevation map created using the firm drone

Local law firm Glasheen, Valles & Inderman has added a new piece of technology to its tool chest: a drone. The firm plans on using the drone to photograph accident scenes and sites where workplace injuries have occurred. The drone is capable of taking 12 MP photos and 4K UHD video, both of which offer plenty of resolution to give the viewer—and potentially juries—a new perspective.

The firm has an FAA-licensed remote pilot on staff, so it does not have to rely on outside contractors to obtain these images. This allows the firm to respond quickly and preserve evidence.

In the past, law firms were forced to rely on Google Earth images or something similar. These images are lower resolution and could be out of date. With the new technology, Glasheen, Valles & Inderman can photograph an intersection where a crash occurred the day of or the day after it happened, ensuring an accurate depiction of the scene at the time of the crash. Kevin Glasheen, Senior Partner, elaborated on the advantage of drones over satellite images. “We no longer have to hope that the aerial images match the scene as it was when the crash happened. Now we know it matches.”

And the quality of the images are much better. With the high-res images, the drone is capable of taking dozens of overlapping photos of a scene and stitching them together, creating a single, ultra high-res image. It is also capable of analyzing the parallax in the numerous images to create an accurate elevation map.

“We are always looking for ways to better represent our clients.” Glasheen said. “The drone gives yet another advantage.”

Resolution comparison between satellite and drone
Resolution comparison between satellite footage (left) and drone footage (right).