Wearable data goes to court

Here is one I did not see coming (and I am kind of glad that I didn’t), but makes perfect sense given the world in which we live.


Personal injury cases are prime targets for manipulation and conjecture. How do you show that someone who’s been in a car accident can’t do their job properly, and deserves thousands of dollars in compensation? Till now lawyers have relied on doctors to observe someone for half an hour or so and give their, sometimes-biased opinion. Soon, they might also tap the wealth of quantifiable data provided by fitness trackers. A law firm in Calgary is working on the first known personal injury case that will use activity data from a Fitbit to help show the effects of an accident on their client.

The quick thought is that what if she takes it off, but don’t forget that most wearables have heartrate. (Inaccurate, yes, but its a number).
So, in other words, if you secure the data path from the wearable to the cloud, its not a bad idea. Saves a lot of conjecture on behalf of the Dr, Judge and so on.
It’s hard to argue with hard data.