As we approach the chaos of the holiday shopping season, we may consider Fitbits, Apple watches or even 3D printers as great gift ideas for relatives. What you may not realize is how the increased popularity of these items will provide a practical use for lawyers.
In a recent article, Nicole Black of MyCase shared some examples of how “lawyers are already using both types of technology to provide better, more effective representation for their clients.” Here are a few of her examples:
- In December 2014, a Calgary law firm used its client’s Fitbit data as evidence in a personal injury matter to show that her activity level had significantly decreased since the accident at issue as a result of her injuries.
- Police in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, used a rape complainant’s Fitbit data to refute her claims. While she alleged that she’d been asleep when an assailant broke into her home and attacked her, data from her Fitbit indicated she’d been awake and walking around for much of the evening.
- A few forward-thinking lawyers have already used 3D printing to support their clients’ claims. Thus far, 3D printing has proved particularly useful during the pre-litigation phase of a case, although it will most certainly be used during all phases of litigation.
Technology is continuing to evolve and it’s important for litigators to stay up to date. As Ms. Black states, “By understanding the limitations and possibilities of emerging technologies, you’re able to offer your clients the best possible representation.”
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