Is Legal Technology Important to My Personal Injury Lawsuit?
Here’s How Our Bay Area Personal Injury Attorneys Handle Technology
Technology has become an integral part of day-to-day life. From computers to cellphones, Facebook to Twitter, Microsoft to Google; tech is everywhere. At Heinrich Law, PC, we understand this fact of life.
Our Bay Area personal injury attorneys understand how a simple Facebook post could turn your personal injury case upside down. We understand that combining the data from your Fitbit with your medical records and expert testimony can help win your case. We utilize these strategies to help bolster the lawsuits we present in court. However, these are not the only effects modern technology can have in the courtroom.
Technology in the Courtroom
In the legal world, we are constantly adopting new technologies to improve the way the court system works. Across California and many parts of the nation, courts have adopted electronic systems to complete important tasks. Some of these systems include:
- Video Displays: Flat screen monitors or projection screens are often placed around the courtroom to help enhance the viewing of evidence and exhibits.
- Annotation Monitors: These devices allow judges, attorneys and witnesses to interact with digital evidence and leave notations that can be referred to later. Tablet devices are often used in this capacity due to their portability.
- Evidence Cameras: Using this device, an attorney can zoom in to examine physical evidence in higher detail or instantly convert documents and exhibits into digital images or videos. This enhances a lawyer’s ability to present cases to judges and juries. They can even save their presentations to refer to later.
- Wireless Connectivity: Thanks to leaps and bounds in innovation, we can now connect laptops, video/audio players, and other devices directly into courtroom control systems. This has allowed courtrooms to eliminate cumbersome wired systems that could sometimes require renovations just to install the necessary wires.
- Remote Testimony and Video Conferences: In the past, if a witness, attorney or judge was unable to physically be present in the courtroom, the proceeding would most likely be rescheduled. Now that broadband technology enables us to connect over vast distances, we can avoid these delays. The resulting process has increased the speed of our judicial process.
- E-Discovery: Courts can now request the production of electronically stored information (ESI) during the discovery phase. The process of identifying, collecting and producing this ESI is known as e-discovery. If this process is not conducted properly, it can lead to fines and delayed court proceedings. Having an attorney that understands this process is essential if e-discovery comes into play in your lawsuit.
- Cloud Solutions: Thanks to cloud technology, ESI can be stored in an online database that allows both sides of a lawsuit to freely access information related to the case. Attorneys can utilize this tool to work on your case from almost anywhere, but they must be careful. A lawyer who doesn’t understand the system could share privileged information with the opposing party and hurt your case. Our Bay Area personal injury attorneys are familiar with these systems and can help keep your private information secured.
- Cybersecurity: In this new digital age of legal technology, many law firms develop their own electronic systems for interacting with the courts and clients. These systems store precious client information that can be vulnerable to attacks from hackers, malware and ransomware. We understand these risks at Heinrich Law, PC and we take steps to ensure that our client’s private information is safe.
Whether that system involves filing a lawsuit electronically, or submitting evidence in electronic formats, our Bay Area personal injury attorneys are intimately familiar with the uses of new technology.
Other Ways Heinrich Law, PC Attorneys Use Technology
In a recent car accident lawsuit, we used computer animations and graphics to prove that our client was not responsible for a crash with a sheriff’s vehicle. That case resulted in a $3 million settlement in our client’s favor. In another instance, our law firm used videos, graphics and animations to help explain the complex injuries suffered by our client. That case resulted in a $1 million settlement for our client. Heinrich Law, PC routinely goes the extra mile to use videos, graphics and animations to prove our client was not at fault and/or to prove the serious nature of our clients’ injuries. In another example, Heinrich Law used Medical Illustrations to help explain which body parts their client had injured and why the injuries were causing such severe pain. That cased settled for $3.5 Million after the first witness gave trial testimony.
The Bay Area personal injury attorneys at Heinrich Law, PC understand what the latest technology can do for your lawsuit. We use these tools as a part of our client-focused work efforts, and our clients appreciate our dedication to their cases. If you believe you have a personal injury lawsuit that could benefit from our cutting-edge approach, please fill out our contact form or give us a call at (510)570-1608.