FitBits In Personal Injury & Disability Law

FitBits In Personal Injury & Disability Law

Introduced in 2008, the FitBit is a physical activity tracker designed to help consumers become more active, eat a more well-rounded diet, sleep better and ultimately, turn you into a healthier human being. The design is deceptively quite simple- the FitBit is a 21st Century clip-shaped pedometer that consumers can easily slide into a pocket, clip onto a bra or even wear on their wrist. The FitBit can now play a role in personal injury and disability law.

Throughout the day, FitBit logs a range of data about your activities, including the number of steps you take, distance traversed and calories burned. It’s also sensitive enough to detect just how vigorous your motions are and can differentiate a stroll from a jog that consumes far more calories. At night, you slip the FitBit can monitor your sleep quality. It knows when you go to bed, how frequently you awaken and how long you lie prostrate, staring at the ceiling, pondering unmet deadlines. The clip has a built-in function that scrolls current activity data. So if it’s late in the day and you still have 8,000 steps to get to your goal of 15,000 steps, you know it’s time to get going, and fast.

Every time you pass within 15 feet of its wireless base station, FitBit automatically offloads a cornucopia of numbers. From there, your statistics go to your online profile, where you can peruse details, monitor your progress (or lack thereof) and redouble your dedication to getting into shape.

According to Forbes owner Parmy Olson, the FitBit has a lot of potential to eliminate manipulation and conjecture in personal injury cases. Wearable devices such as the FitBit could be the next “black box” of the human body! It sounds crazy but it’s not as far-fetched as it may seem- several previous court the cases have already set precedence for invasive disclosures of this type of digital information in the court room and law bloggers have already speculated the increased appearance of wearable data in personal injury cases.

Until now, lawyers have relied heavily on clinical interpretation for personal injury and disability law. The testimony and professional opinion of doctors and specialists who observe claimants for 30 minutes to an hour at a time- sometimes forming biased opinions about their patients- has largely influenced the outcome of personal injury and disability law cases across Canada. Now, with the dawn of personal fitness tracking technology, lawyers now have quantifiable data to bring into the courtroom! Lawyers can track a claimant over a longer period of time, and the best part of it is that they have hard data to prove it!

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