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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.
Dr Thair Altaii received a prison sentence after he was caught filming female patients whilst they were being examined, and he stored images and videos on his personal laptop.
This behaviour is a violation of human rights, medical confidentiality, and data protection laws; notwithstanding the fact that it is simply immoral and wrong. Victims should be able to put their trust in medical experts to not violate their privacy and patient confidentiality, and this has been severely broken in this case.
We understand the impact that breaches like this can have on patients and their lives and we want to help victims fight for the justice they deserve for this privacy violation. Contact our expert legal team today for free no-obligation advice if you were a victim of the Dr Thair Altaii data breaches.
If your personal data has been stolen or breached, you could be eligible to make a compensation claim today. Stolen healthcare data can be extremely serious, and victims could be eligible to receive a substantial compensation amount if they are the victim of this kind of incident.
Here, we can briefly advise about why healthcare data is targeted, why this can lead to dangers for victims, and what you can claim for when it comes to stolen healthcare data.
This is a case type that we are used to representing people for, and a lot of the people that we act for have suffered due to some form of medical data breach. The impact for the victim is often serious, so it is important for victims to know their rights; especially as we are able to offer No Win, No Fee representation for eligible clients.
You could be eligible to claim compensation as a victim of a data breach at a hospital, and we may be able to offer No Win, No Fee legal representation.
In this article, we will briefly outline some of the circumstances where you could claim. We will also advise about what it is that you actually pursue a claim for, and why it is important to claim for a medical data breach incident.
We represent thousands of clients for cases, and we have first-hand experience of seeing how bad the impact can be for the victim of a medical data breach. You do not have to suffer in silence; the law is on your side, and we are here to help you and support you as a victim of a data breach.
Healthcare cyberattacks can be devastating for the victims which is why we fight for their rights for compensation on a No Win, No Fee basis.
Each case is different, and we do need to assess claims to see if we can help you. But we can give you some general guidance in this article as to when you may be able to claim and what you can claim for.
Medical data breach compensation cases are one of the most common types of legal cases that we represent people for, and the impact can be truly devastating for the victim. Here’s how we may be able to help you.
Data breaches in the healthcare sector can be common which is why many of the thousands of people we represent for compensation claims involve medical information.
The GDPR can allow a data breach victim to receive compensation for the loss of control of their personal information. The healthcare sector faces huge risks of data breaches all the time, and it’s important that victims know that they can pursue a legal case to obtain the justice that they deserve.
We offer No Win, No Fee representation for these kinds of cases. Here’s how we may be able to help you today.