Virtual Reality Injury Lawyer
WHAT IS VIRTUAL REALITY?
Virtual Reality (VR) is a simulated environment with realistic artificial objects. We interact with this simulated environment using a Virtual Reality wearable, such as a headset, helmet, or glasses. VR has great entertainment, educational and practical potential.
Exploring the VR environment has caused some injuries because the user is disconnected from reality and the VR equipment becomes the primary source of stimuli. VR headsets, such as the HTC Vive, Playstation VR, HP Reverb, 360 Treadmill, and Facebook’s Oculus Quest.
Reported injuries to date include, but is not limited to:
- broken bones,
- spectator injuries,
- Broken bones,
- Muscle strains,
- Neck strain, and
Researchers have been warning us for a long time that virtual reality devices have caused injuries. Scientists, based at Leeds University, "believe continued use of VR sets could trigger eyesight and balance problems in young people unless changes are made to devices."
The warning comes as major companies including Facebook and Google outline plans to expand heavily in the field, while hardware companies have started promoting devices that turn mobile phones into head-mounted VR viewers.
Below please find additional tech expert articles warnings regarding VR injuries:
- Virtual reality gaming is growing, and so are VR injuries
- The very real health dangers of virtual reality
- Developer warns VR headset damaged eyesight
We can lose our spatial awareness in the VR world in as little as 30 minutes. While our brain adapts to the virtual world our bodies remain in reality, which leaves us vulnerable to slip, trip, fall, and other hazards. There are many reported injuries while playing Pokemon Go is a popular augmented reality game, including but not limited to:
- A man crashing into a police car,
- A man was robbed,
- A man was assaulted,
- Two men fell off a cliff,
- A man who was speeding crashed his car.
However, the VR sector is growing despite these and other warnings. Unfortunately, our current business culture seems to emphasize profit over safety. If you’ve been injured by VR or metaverse technology we can help. We have experienced trial attorneys that will aggressively fight to get you what you deserve.
We have integrated augmented and virtual reality into our lives.
- Recording artists have live-streamed performances, even kicked off tours using this technology platform.
- You can purchase the likeness of certain popular entertains as an avatar in an Epic Games offering.
- Seoul, Korea, announced that it is going full Metaverse, that is they plan to develop a complete augmented reality ecosystem, for all areas of public administration.
- Clothing and footwear companies have launched products in augmented reality before manufacturing began.
- UConn Health surgical residents are practicing their skills with augmented reality / virtual reality technology.
- Johns Hopkins neurosurgeons utilized VR during a spinal fusion operation. They wore Augmedics devices with a “see-through eye display that projects images of a patient’s internal anatomy, such as bones and other tissue, based on CT scans,” CNBC reported.
Virtual reality is here to stay.
VR manufacturers are liable. However, the user may have to prove that they didn’t contribute to their injury. This is The reason for hiring an attorney to navigate the legal complexities of the law.
Steps to prevent injury
- Carefully read VR device instructions,
- Clear a reasonably large area where you will be using the VR device,
- Take steps to periodically review your real-world environment,
- Keep spectators at a safe distance,
Please exercise extreme caution during use to avoid an untimely hospital trip.
If you do experience an injury please contact us today to get started.