There is a growing need for technology and electronic discovery in general as lawsuits continue to ramp up. The use of the Internet and its record-keeping and search capabilities is now more than just the wave of the future. Rather it has become an integral part of our society with all sorts of records being kept on web servers by companies big and small. In addition, many records are kept on individual computers owned by people, businesses, or both. This type of information can be very important to insurance companies involved in litigation with other entities. Every industry must plan to use relevant technological tools for their day-to-day business — insurance companies no exception — but what about using those same technologies when litigating claims? This article will highlight the importance of using the Internet as an electronic discovery tool to help insurance company litigators better understand how valuable “the World Wide Web” can be for effective evidence collection and case preparation.
The Importance of Technology In Expert Witness Internet Technologies
While some may think of the Internet as a means to search for information on any given topic, it is much more than that. For example, the Internet can greatly assist an insurance company litigator in several ways:
1) Identifying all relevant witnesses and information sources;
2) Locating electronic evidence from those people and entities who have been sued, including defendants, their insurers, and third-party witnesses;
3) Collecting electronically stored information from companies and people in an efficient and cost-effective manner;
4) Maintaining the integrity of electronically stored information (ESI); and, most importantly…;
5) Assisting with concisely sharing this ESI in a way that will maximize its impact as evidence.
It includes Identifying all relevant witnesses and information sources; Locating electronic evidence from those people and entities who have been sued, including defendants, their insurers, and third-party witnesses; Collecting electronically stored information from companies and people efficiently and cost-effectively; Maintaining the integrity of electronically stored information (ESI); and, most importantly—assisting with concisely sharing this ESI in a way which will maximize its impact as evidence.
Technology is not just about searching on Google or social network sites such as Facebook for clues regarding your case. It is more than that. There are technologies available to litigators today that allow them to search the World Wide Web in a way that was impossible just a few short years ago. Some programs can help create case information and ESI databases from various sources on an ongoing basis, not just when needed for court.