Skype, in case you haven’t tried or heard of it, is a program that will allow you to make free phone calls over the Internet. With a Web cam (a fixture of most laptops now) you can not only hear but also see the person you are talking to.
“No more wasting time. All we need is a Web cam and Skype,” Queens Supreme Court Justice Martin Ritholtz said. “It’s so easy technologically.”
The plaintiff in the case, 53-year-old Jasmer Singh, now lives in India. But in 2001, he was injured in a car accident in New York City, and he was seeking money from Allstate to cover his medical expenses.
By using Skype to take his testimony, the judge saved everyone involved lots of time, aggravation and money. A win for all around, but probably felt the most by Singh, who was awarded $15,000 for pain and suffering.
The news story said this was probably the first use of Skype to resolve a court case in this country. It won’t be the last, I’m sure.
Thanks for reading,
James B. Reed, Esq.
Personal Injury & Malpractice Attorney
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
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