The Use of Technology in Personal Injury Trials

Feb 6, 2023

Technology plays a significant role in almost all aspects of life nowadays and personal injury cases are no different. With the proper use of technology, a skilled personal injury lawyer can depict their client’s story and make their case more effectively. When technology is used, trial lawyers often appear more credible and can better identify and emphasize key evidence.

Visual aids during a courtroom presentation significantly increase the jury’s ability to remember important details and thanks to technological advancements like 3D recreation and animation, jurors can better picture what happened. When a jury thoroughly understands the severity of an injury, they are more likely to appreciate the impact it can have on the victim and their families.

Advantages of Using Technology in Personal Injury Trial

The legal process can be made faster and more efficient with the help of technology. This can save both the lawyers and their clients time and money. Some personal injury cases end up in settlement. This is often the preferred route for most parties since it helps them save money, time, and effort while reducing the risk. If both parties are amenable to settlement, some legal firms will use artificial intelligence to streamline the process. Through an intuitive AI interface in software, essential data are processed, organized, evaluated, and sent to parties. In some more advanced software, machine learning trains the program to make estimations, predictions, and even come up with decisions.

Technology in law can help organize evidence and show it to the jury in a way that is easier to understand. This can help the trial go more smoothly and make it more likely that the plaintiff will get the compensation they deserve. In personal injury cases, determining liability lies on the burden of proof. The party who can provide the most evidence wins the case. Therefore, surveillance cameras, dash cameras, smartwatches, and smartphones have become reliable evidence to provide litigators and judges more accurate information on who is responsible for the negligence that caused the injury or death. Car accident claims can use data from the dashcam to identify all the factors that led to a crash. 

How Technology is Used in the Discovery Process

Technology can help make the legal process easier for everyone to understand and follow. This can include making it easier for witnesses to testify and for clients to get their legal documents.

The discovery process occurs before a trial begins. It allows for both parties to collect information regarding the case and its facts. Discovery is important as it allows for your personal injury attorney to obtain important evidence that can be used to develop trial strategies and support your claim in court.

With the advancement of technology, it is now possible to electronically store, search, and retrieve millions of documents rather than relying on paper records. This can save time and money while also lowering the risk of lost or damaged records.

Electronic evidence is becoming increasingly important in personal injury trials as the use of smartphones, social media, and other digital platforms grows. Technology can aid in the collection, preservation, and presentation of digital evidence in a legally admissible manner.

In cases like pedestrian accidents, surveillance videos from street cameras can provide crucial information. It is important to identify any existing evidence and use it accordingly. A lawyer can help you recover the data in due time and help you if you need to file a subpoena to obtain the evidence from a third party. Technology will not always help the plaintiff provide the key piece of evidence in a personal injury case, but it can be used to develop a legal claim.

How Technology is Being Used in the Courtroom

Digital evidence, such as videos, audio recordings, and photographs, are now commonly used in court thanks to technological advancements. The jury may find the presentation more interesting and informative if the evidence is presented in this way. Virtual reality technology can be used to create realistic simulations of an accident scene, which can help to demonstrate how an accident occurred and who was at fault. Computer animations and simulations are becoming a vital tool for a personal injury attorney. When used correctly, recreations of serious accidents can help a jury visualize what occurred and support a plaintiff’s case.

Seeing an accident is often more powerful than hearing about it. Not only can a personal injury attorney use it to describe an incident more effectively, but a jury is also more likely to retain that information when evaluating a case at the end of the trial. Even in times where a case’s validity is not in dispute, simulations have played a vital role in the monetary damages awarded to victims. Virtual reality technology can be used to create realistic simulations of an accident scene, which can help to demonstrate how an accident occurred and who was at fault.

Remember, it is not enough just to tell a jury what the injuries are. The jury must also be shown the injuries. It should be no surprise that people remember much more of what they see rather than what they are told. Illustrating X-rays, MRIs, and other diagnostic studies allow us to achieve the highest juror comprehension, so the jury may fully understand the injuries. Once the jury understands the injury, they will more easily understand how those injuries impact the plaintiff.

And while we still live in the shadow of the ongoing pandemic, technology has enabled remote court proceedings and teleconferencing. Virtual depositions and witness interviews are also now becoming routine. Whether a witness lives far away or has mobility issues, technology has made it possible to conduct depositions and interviews with witnesses virtually, saving both time and money. This can help to keep the trial moving forward and reduce the risk of delays caused by travel restrictions or other factors.

Challenges and Limitations of Technology Use in Personal Injury Cases

One of the main challenges of using technology in a personal injury trial is ensuring that digital evidence is authentic and has not been tampered with. This requires the use of secure storage and preservation methods and strict protocols for the handling and presentation of digital evidence. 

Technical competency and digital literacy in personal injury trials are another challenge. Legal professionals and clients may not be up to date on technology, which can hinder its use in the legal process. 

It is important to balance the use of technology with traditional legal practices. This can help to ensure that the legal process remains fair and unbiased, and that the rights of all parties involved are protected.

While technological innovations have the potential to be a game-changer in personal injury cases, the data provided isn’t without flaws. There is still some debate regarding the accuracy of the data recorded by devices such as a Fitbit. Most likely, as time marches forward, this data will become more reliable, making this debate irrelevant. In the meantime, lawyers will still need to do their due diligence when building their case to ensure technological data is just one component of the argument they present and not the focal point of the claim.

Contact BJM Law Personal Injury Attorneys Today

Technology in law has evolved and will continue to at a rapid pace. Legal firms must be able to adapt to new technologies now or risk becoming antiquated. When used correctly, technology can help lawyers access new opportunities and improve their processes to better assist their clients.

If you’ve been injured due to the negligent actions of someone else, you may be entitled to compensations for your damages. Please contact the law offices of Brian J. Mongelluzzo in New Britain and Waterbury, our personal injury attorneys are technologically savvy and committed to maximizing compensation for their injured clients. 

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