Fitness Tracker Data May Help Your Personal Injury Case

James Knight Freeman
Fairfax and Northern Virginia DUI/DWI, Criminal & Traffic Defense Attorney

Fitness trackers such as Fitbit, Whoop Strap, and Garmin are used to monitor and track a user’s health, storing information about their movements each day. These devices can record how many steps you take, your heart rate, and your pulse, as well as a host of other health data. While this type of information is important to help keep you accountable to your own personal health goals, it can also prove helpful if you’re injured in a car accident and for helping prove a personal injury case.

How Fitness Trackers Can Help

If you file a personal injury lawsuit, as the injured party, it’s your responsibility to prove the seriousness of your injuries. Usually, the victim provides doctor reports, information Fitness Tracker on a Man's Wristabout medications taken, eyewitness reports, and proof of time off work and lost wages to help prove the case. However, in the past few years, fitness tracker data has been used and accepted in some personal injury cases to help prove the following:

  • The extent of the victim’s injuries. Because fitness trackers record data about their health, the victim may have input information about past health issues or injuries. Not only can this information help prove that the car accident injury was not a pre-existing injury, but it can also show that the victim’s quality of life and health have diminished due to the crash.
  • Location, time, and speed of the accident. If your fitness tool has a GPS tracker, it may be used to identify the exact location of the accident, the speed at which you were moving when you were hit, and the exact time the crash took place.
  • Sleep patterns. If your injury has impacted your ability to sleep, whether because of pain or stress, the data stored on your tracker can be significant to your personal injury case. It may be able to help show disruption in your sleep patterns and that you are no longer able to get a restful night’s sleep.

Contact Kearney, Freeman, Fogarty & Joshi, PLLC

If you were injured in a car accident and wear a fitness tracker device, the data could be significant to your personal injury case, and you should share it with your accident attorney. Explaining how you use your fitness tracker and the data you use from it may be helpful in winning your case.

Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation. Our attorneys will work to help you negotiate a fair car crash settlement. Because we work on a contingency basis, you pay nothing up-front. We only get paid when you get paid.

 

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