The market for wearable technology, such as smart watches or Fitbits, is steadily on the rise. In 2015 alone, nearly 40 million American adults used wearable devices, which was an increase of almost 60 percent from the previous year. It is estimated that the growth will continue into 2017 and beyond. There are many benefits to these devices. If you've been injured due to someone else's negligence, you may be able to utilize your technology to strengthen your case.
Here are a few ways in which your wearable device can help you when it comes to your personal injury case:
- Aiding your Damages Claim: Oftentimes, when you become injured because of someone else, you may be required to prove that your life was different as a result of the injury. Fitbits and wearable devices can be used to track physical health and movement, ultimately aiding the jury to calculate how much an injury impacts your life.
- Impeaching Testimony: In some cases, a Fitbit or other wearable technology can be used to disprove a witness' version of events. Police and investigators can extract the data from the device to show movement patterns, heart rate and other various pieces of information that can possibly discredit and contradict original testimonies.
- Using a Calculated Expert Witness: When there is a disagreement over how badly you were hurt in your personal injury case, there will usually be a medical expert to examine you. This will provide the jury with a conclusion on how limited your injury actually is. However, advanced wearable technology is being used more often as an expert and in-depth witness. By comparing your profile data to your own personal data, your Fitbit and wearable device may be able to paint a better picture of how your injury is affecting your life.
Advanced technology has the ability to make our lives easier, even when it comes to your personal injury case. However, it's important to note that because these devices are gaining popularity, the information stored in this technology can also be used against you. If you have been injured due to someone else's negligence, it's imperative that you speak with an experienced attorney.
At Hayes Law, our team of litigators will fight for the justice and compensation you deserve. Together, we will help navigate you through the legal intricacies of your personal injury case.
If you are in the Greensboro area and would like to learn more about how our personal injury attorneys can help you, give our office a call at (336) 645-3959 to schedule your initial consultation.