Your Fitbit: Lawyer's New Tool

Fitness trackers are all the rage. Every company seems to carry one. There is Fitbit, Garmin—even Samsung has its own version. These devices are programmed to track our habits with the goal of leading more healthy lives. You can monitor your sleeping habits, eating habits, how many steps you take, and your heart rate. But did you know that these devices can be used as evidence in a court room?

They can also be used to trace all sorts of data to see if it corroborates with the victims story. A recent case helped a Canadian woman who used her fitness tracker to show that her physical activity was affected after her accident. It has been used to prove alleged criminals were at a crime scene. The legal implications of wearing a GPS that monitors your vitals are seemingly endless.

In Pennsylvania, a woman's sexual assault claim fell apart when her Fitbit showed she had been walking for hours at the time.

It won't be long before we start getting requests from defense lawyers looking for Fitbit data from someone claiming injury limitations.

Jim Dodson
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A Florida injury lawyer, family man and avid cyclist who clients have trusted for over 25 years.
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