Category: Medical Data Breach
Victims of data breaches that involve hospitals and the healthcare sector can be entitled to claim compensation for any distress caused, and we are able to offer No Win, No Fee legal agreements.
We often find that the impact in these kinds of cases is significant, and the level of distress that can be caused can be substantial and can have a real and lasting impact on the victims. As such, justice for anyone affected by a breach that involves healthcare data is essential, which is why we do what we do.
You could be eligible to claim compensation if you have suffered due to the leak of private medical information, and we know that the impact can be substantial.
As Leading Data Breach Lawyers, we have been fighting for justice for thousands of privacy breach clients since 2014. Our specialist team has recovered over £1m in data breach damages for mostly individual clients to date, and we continue to lead the way for justice when people suffer due to their personal information being misused or exposed.
Our experience speaks for itself. It’s why we know just how severe a medical data leak can be, and how you can trust in us to fight for your right to justice now.
The issue of NHS staff misusing information can have serious consequences for the victims that are affected, and those people could be eligible to claim data breach compensation.
For eligible clients, we can offer No Win, No Fee legal representation. This is a part of our commitment to Access to Justice, where we aim to make sure that anyone who may have a legitimate data breach claim can access the justice that they deserve.
Victims of an NHS medical data breach compensation case could be eligible to claim thousands of pounds in privacy damages. Claims can settle in the region of a few thousand pounds to even tens of thousands of pounds, depending on the nature of the case.
Healthcare professionals owe several duties to their patients, one of which is ensuring that their medical information remains confidential and is only used and shared with other doctors when necessary for diagnosis and treatment purposes. This central tenet of the medical profession is something all doctors learn in their training. However, unfortunately, the integrity of our doctors is being let down all too frequently by data protection negligence across the healthcare sector. When a healthcare data breach occurs, it can put one of the central requirements of medical practice at risk.
The healthcare sector is one of the most vulnerable sectors in terms of cyberattacks, but is also one plagued by human error data breaches, in which the employees themselves are responsible for the exposure of private information. If you have felt the repercussions of a healthcare data breach, you may well know the harm that can be caused to the victims.
We have pursued many data breach compensation claims relating to the healthcare sector over the years, including group and multi-party actions such as the infamous 56 Dean Street clinic data breach. We encourage anyone affected by a breach like this to come forward for advice on their potential claim, and we can offer No Win, No Fee legal representation for eligible clients.
The latest developments in the recently discovered Stor-A-File cyberattack are concerning. After the company refused to pay a ransom demand issued by the hackers behind the attack, what has been described as tens of thousands of files have now reportedly been dumped on the dark web.
It is understood that Store-A-File refused to meet the demands of the ransom, which was reportedly set at £3m in Bitcoin, on the advice of authorities. Unfortunately, the hackers appear to have followed through on their threats and have now exposed information caught up in the data breach on the dark web. It could now be exploited by criminals, and victims will need to remain incredibly vigilant.
We recently reported on the Lister Fertility Clinic data breach as one of the organisations that were caught up in the Stor-A-File cyberattack. Some 1,700 patients had reportedly been corresponded with to advise of their potential involvement in the breach as a company using Stor-A-File for scanning services. It is thought that some 13 organisations may be affected in all, and these are understood to include the NHS, GP surgeries, local councils, and some private sector companies including law firms and accountants.
Healthcare organisations hold swathes of medical records and information, most of which are stored digitally. Technological developments have put pressure on healthcare organisations to ensure medical data is protected with strong cybersecurity and strict data processing regulations, but some hospitals and practices are still failing to meet the mark. When a healthcare organisation causes a medical data breach, the effects can be significant for those affected.
Victims can have their privacy compromised in all kinds of ways, but the underlying truth is always the same; if a third-party organisation has failed to protect your information, your right to privacy may have been breached, and you may be entitled to claim compensation.
As specialist Data Breach Lawyers, we have been supporting victims through the difficult aftermath of data breaches for several years, helping them to obtain the compensation they deserve. Anyone who has been affected by a medical data breach can contact us for free, expert advice on their potential claim. You could be entitled to No Win, No Fee legal representation.
The healthcare sector is widely viewed as a prime target for cybercriminals, who seek to take advantage of organisations that hold a wide array of sensitive information. While hospitals are often seen as hotspots of data theft and misuse, peripheral healthcare organisations are not always considered in the data breach threat. In view of this, the risk of a Public Health England data breach is something that should always be considered.
Public Health England has wide-reaching responsibilities relating to the improvement of the general health of our population, and the provision of services for health and social care. In fact, according to its own website, one of Public Health England’s key purposes involves “researching, collecting and analysing data to improve our understanding of public health challenges, and come up with answers to public health problems”. To fulfil this goal, Public Health England must handle large quantities of potentially sensitive information.
Organisations like Public Health England also have important data protection responsibilities, with the obligation to ensure that the information in its possession is stored and processed securely. When a data controller fails to meet this responsibility, this is where real people can be harmed, and that is where we can step in.
In July 2018, NHS Digital – the IT and data department for the NHS – was at the centre of a significant data breach. The incident was caused by a system error for which NHS Digital was responsible and affected approximately 150,000 patients nationwide. These patients had chosen to opt out of their information being used for reasons unrelated to their own healthcare, but the defect in the system meant that their wishes were not fulfilled.
It is incredibly worrying for an organisation of this stature to have been embroiled in such a wide-reaching, impactful data breach, particularly where sensitive medical data is involved. All patients have a right to exert proper control over who accesses their data and for what reason, but the NHS Digital data breach, unfortunately, denied patients of this right.
We believe that the incident constitutes a clear example of data protection negligence, which is why we are helping those affected to claim the compensation that they deserve. If you were adversely impacted by the NHS Digital data breach, you can contact us for free, no-obligation advice on your potential compensation claim and join others already claiming on a No Win, No Fee basis now.
Whether it brings a healthcare organisation to a standstill, or causes the exposure of swathes of patient medical records, a health data breach can have serious repercussions.
In fact, the impact of a cyberattack can be worsened if the healthcare organisation in question does not have the appropriate security defences in place.
Every business or organisation is legally required to protect the personal data under their supervision, so data controllers can be held responsible if they breach this duty. We aim to help anyone who has fallen victim to a data breach to claim the compensation they deserve. This is not only to see justice done, but to also to make sure that organisations are dissuaded from acting carelessly again.
As a firm of data breach claims solicitors, we are steadfast in our determination to help data breach victims to achieve justice for the untold distress and loss they have suffered. The Data Breach Lawyers is often at the forefront of new, evolving areas of data protection law, aiming to make sure no one who has their legal rights breached is left behind.
Developing our expertise over a number of years, our knowledge of this niche area of law is what allows us to be such staunch defenders of our clients’ legal rights. Unfortunately, many businesses and organisations continue to fail to protect personal data, but we know how to apply our skills and experience to make sure that they are held to account.
From the 56 Dean Street Clinic breach, to the huge group action against British Airways, our data breach experience spans several years. Read on to find out more about our ground-breaking work in this area of law.
At the end of December 2020, it was revealed that the Transform Hospital Group had been targeted by a devastating cyberattack.
The attack, which took the form of a ransomware hack, resulted in the theft of customer data from the plastic surgery chain, and the hackers behind the attack have since been threatening to publish the information online.
The hackers are understood to have made it known that they have 900 gigabytes of ‘before and after’ pictures in their possession, which they are threatening to publish if a ransom is not paid. Understandably, many of the victims are extremely concerned that their private data can now be exposed in this way. The Data Breach Lawyers have already taken on affected clients, and we encourage further victims to come forward for advice on their potential claim.
At The Data Breach Lawyers, we often represent victims for hospital data breach claims, so we are familiar with the devastating effects of hospital data breaches on the victims.
The data held by hospitals and other healthcare organisations includes some of the most sensitive personal information we will ever disclose to a third-party organisation. It must be properly protected to ensure that it is not misused or exposed.
The toll that medical data exposure can take on a victim can be huge, causing their everyday life to be marred by the worrying knowledge that their information could be being seen or misused by people we do not want to have access to it. We believe that each and every victim has a right to claim compensation for this untold distress, and that is why we represent eligible victims for claims on a No Win, No Fee basis.