Technology is being integrated into everyday life with increasing sophistication each year. Wearable technology such as the Fitbit has been heralded for its uses in weight loss but now the activity tracker is help victims with their injury claims. These technologies come in a variety of forms including smartwatches and GPS trackers and even include computerised clothing such as Google Glasses. They can provide validation for victims who have suffered injuries which impact on their daily lives and may have led to a permanent lifestyle change.
In assessing the legitimacy and success of a personal injury claim several aspects will need to be considered including medical records, assessments and reports from experts. To strengthen the case it is now becoming increasingly possible to submit digital records from wearable technology which would have recorded the event and its aftermath to aid the claim.
Most significantly a device similar to that of a Fitbit can be used to show a deterioration in health; if worn every day the activity tracker will become accustomed to daily routine thus can recognise when activity has fallen below average levels. An injury may lead to reduced mobility, disrupted sleep patterns or even emotional damage which can be validated by this data. This creates a clearer picture of a victim’s physical state thus strengthening the case.
Whilst in most cases the use of wearable technology should be helpful in the pursuit of lawful injury claims we must also consider the dark side to this technology if it is to be used in widespread practice. Some people may be tempted to make fraudulent claims with skewed or falsified data and this would complicate the matter in pursuing a case. In addition to this, the personal data collected will be subject to public use, this arguably, could lead to a privacy issue as insurance companies may want to access this information.
By Shaan Raju