Trial lawyer Robert Adams, of the Adams and Diaco law firm, works primarily on insurance defense and personal injury cases and is interested in the possibility of using Google Glass as a tool for injury claims.
How would that work?
One way is to lend Google Glass to personal injury clients so that they can communicate with their lawyers via Glass to show how their daily lives are affected by their injury. A law firm in Phoenix, Arizona, is operating a pilot scheme with Google Glass, and is looking for ways of using these communications as evidence.
Adams and Diaco purchased its Glass units through Google's Explorer Program. They plan to use Glass to show jurors the difficult problems that injured clients have to face every day. One obstacle may be the widely reported "invasion of privacy" issues raised by Google Glass. It has been claimed that Google is concerned about the adverse publicity arising from the ways in which its product could be used, particularly in anything involving legal issues. This potential problem will eventually have to be resolved by the courts.
Robert Adams suggests that another way in which Google Glass could be used – if the court allows – is as a means of live online communication with colleagues, the office, or clients during a hearing. This could be seen as the logical next step following the decision to allow televised court hearings.
The courts have already embraced advances in technology by, for example, allowing the use of laptop and tablet computers by lawyers, Indeed, the court itself publishes information online, including details of cases. The argument that the use of Google Glass is simply an extension of existing procedures, and is just a reflection of the newest technology, is persuasive. It's what used to be called "moving with the times."
Robert Adams is certainly one of those people who moves with the times.
"When I started as a young attorney, we had the most basic of computers. In fact, we still had typing rooms with triplicate copies for our word processing. Over the last 20 years, the computer and technology in general has changed everything. In the legal field, I can now supervise 4 offices statewide from anywhere in the world. When I first opened our other offices, I was in the car traveling to each office to make sure they were running efficiently and properly. With different case management software, I can do that from anywhere."