The Reciprocation of Technology and Personal Injury: Oculus Rift

Part 2 of 3 on new technology entering the personal injury world.

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Oculus Rift is a wearable headset that takes the user out of the real world and into a virtual one. At this present stage, Facebook’s $2-billion project is primarily a virtual gaming device bringing video game scenarios to life.

 

You are now the quarterback throwing the ball, or Mario jumping over mushrooms. Gone will be the age of the controller. The product is on the market for a few hundred dollars as part of a development kit for content producers to code and develop its platform.  The future applications of this device scope endless possibilities: video games, films, athletics, education, to name a few of the ways it will change the world. But what are the legal issues in the virtual world?

When you purchase an Oculus Rift, it comes with an array of warnings. When entering the virtual world, users forget their interactions within the real world, which can cause injuries and damage to their surroundings. One Oculus Rift game “Hydra Cover Shooter” actually had to warn users not to interact with objects in the game as users often found themselves leaning on posts and structures within it and subsequently falling down.

Oculus Rift is full of potential risks and users might experience nausea, disorientation, and involuntary movements. It is still too soon to see what kind of product liability will immerse, but warnings of all sorts must be included as we move further into the virtual world and the inevitable injuries that will incur this year.

If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall this winter, contact our office for a free, no obligation consultation at 613-860-4529, or ask for a free copy of an “Injured Victim’s Guide to Fair Compensation.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Reciprocation of Technology and Personal Injury: Google Glass

 From Google Glass to Oculus Rift and Fitbits, wearable technology will find its way into the courtroom more and more in 2015.

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Part 1 of 3: Google Glass

Google Glass has existed for two years and found its way into the lifestyle and consumer world. It does everything any smartphone can do, but is wearable as an eyepiece.

A Californian personal injury lawyer has become an early adopter of using the Google Glass at his law firm. He uses it to record interviews of witnesses, throughout depositions, and in all of his day-to-day responsibilities. But his favourite application of Google Glass is sorting through case files as they appear directly in front of him at the court, at home and during meetings as he swipes through the air, taps the side, or tells it the next function.

Look for Google Glass to make its way into proceedings more and more this year. If there is a dangerous walkway, covered with ice and posing a dangerous threat, you can turn on Google Glass record. If a victim is seriously injured, jurors and insurers will now be able to see a victim’s challenges first hand. Google Glass is a hand’s free – distraction free device allowing for first person recording you wouldn’t otherwise be able to use with a smartphone. Think of 2015 for Google Glass as 2007 was for I-Phone: the year the very early adopters began to switch over from their “antiquated” technology.

 It’s always smart to keep your cell phone in your glove compartment and away from your hands while driving. If you or someone you know are involved in a car accident, if possible- remember to record as much information and take plenty of photos at the location of the accident.

Contact us for a free “Crash Kit” or call 613-860-4529 for a free, no obligation consultation.

No Helmets in the Hockey Ads?

Our new personal injury advertisements have been running for a little over a week. See them here :

1) We Play to Win 
2) We Play to Win
3) We Play to Win

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We have received a ton of positive feedback and quite a few “lol” comments from people trying to imagine Brenda shooting a one-timer.

The point of the commercials is, of course, that you need a winning team to help you fight the insurance industry.  The hockey theme is a tie-in to our city’s love of the game and our close connection to this community.

Interestingly, we have also had a few emails from viewers who wonder about the lack of helmets.  Why are Richard Auger and Brenda Hollingsworth not wearing helmets?

The answer to that question is pretty simple.  We wanted to look like lawyers.  We have hockey helmets.  (Many!!)  We tried them on while shooting the commercial.  The “joke” of the commercial –lawyers in suits playing hockey– did not work when we had the helmets on.

Add to that the fact that the shooting of the commercial was very controlled and very safe.  There was no real risk that we would be hurt short of a freak fall.  We were mostly standing still or going very slowly and we are not bad skaters.

Having said all that, if you are really playing hockey or skating, please wear a helmet.  Your safety is important to us.