In this digital age, we are seeing constant changes in how technology impacts our lives. In the legal field, new technology has revolutionized how cases are investigated, evidence is presented, and how communication between legal professionals and plaintiffs takes place. Personal injury firms have been at the forefront of this change, adapting their processes and policies to work more cohesively with advances in tech. Here are some examples of how technology is helping personal injury lawyers and their injured clients.
Digital Evidence Collection
Advances in technology have made the collection of evidence easier and more straightforward. For example, wearable tech can provide data on a person’s physical state before and after an injury. Surveillance cameras, mobile phone videos, and digital photos can also provide crucial evidence to help the victims of negligence. Lawyers are also using cutting edge tech such as 3D imaging and drones to build their cases.
Legal Research and Management Software
Technological tools have made case management and legal research easier and more effective. Lawyers can now find relevant case law, track case progress, and manage client communications all from their computers or mobile devices.
With the advancement of new technology in smartphones, emails, videoconferencing, and messaging apps, communication between clients and lawyers has become more effective, efficient, and flexible. This has made the legal process more streamlined and responsive.
Virtual Reality (VR) & Augmented Reality (AR)
These technologies can be used to recreate accident scenes or demonstrate the extent of injuries. This can prove very persuasive for jurors in understanding complex scenarios or visualizing the plaintiff’s experience.
Electronic Medical Records
Digitized medical records allow for easier access and sharing of information. This can expedite the process of gathering evidence, as well as ensuring that all relevant details are considered.
Unfortunately, there are also some negatives when it comes to new technology. Here’s a look at some of the things plaintiffs and their lawyers need to be concerned about with respect to the rise in tech.
The digital age has brought about significant concerns about privacy. Plaintiffs need to be aware of the privacy risks associated with using new technology to collect and share evidence. Personal data can be exposed, and there’s the potential risk of this data being used against a plaintiff in a lawsuit.
Manipulations of Digital Evidence
While new technology facilitates evidence collection, it also makes it easier for malicious parties to steal, alter, or fabricate evidence. Because of this, personal injury lawyers must take steps to protect their client’s confidential information from potential cyberattacks.
Over-reliance on Technology
While tech can streamline many processes, an over-reliance can lead to potential errors, including overlooking crucial non-digital evidence. It is critical for lawyers and their support staff to maintain the execution of due diligence.
Some tech tools have steep learning curves. Lawyers need to invest the time, money, and resources necessary to educate and train themselves and their staffs, so they are able to use new technology tools effectively.
Advanced technologies, and the tools and training needed to implement them can be extremely expensive. Not every personal injury law firm may have the resources needed to take their tech to the next level, and this potentially puts them at a big disadvantage.
While new technology offers numerous advantages for plaintiffs and their personal injury lawyers in terms of such things as efficiency, communication, and evidence collection, it also brings new challenges, especially in terms of privacy, costs, and potential misuse. As with any tool, it’s essential to use technology judiciously and ethically to maximize its benefits while minimizing risks.
GOLDLAW has embraced the next wave of technology. By investing significant resources in new software, platforms, and training for attorneys and support staff, GOLDLAW has separated itself from other personal injury firms. When you hire GOLDLAW to represent you in a personal injury claim, you can rest assured they have your best interests at heart and will do everything they can to protect your personal information and privacy. Have questions about a potential case? Contact an experienced accident lawyer here or call 561-222-2222 for a FREE consultation.