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It is important to pursue medical data breach claims for compensation given that the distress a victim can suffer from can often be incredibly significant.
For eligible clients, we may be able to represent you on a No Win, No Fee basis, and you can speak to our team for free, no-obligation legal advice here now.
Medical data breach claims for compensation can be some of the most significant that we represent people for, given the nature of the information that can be exposed or misused. Generally speaking, healthcare data is precisely the kind of information that we want to have strict control over. We do not want people to know about our intimate and sensitive medical data, which is why organisations that store and process such information have an important duty to protect it. The GDPR also recognises the particular sensitivity of such information because medical data can be classed as “special category” information which can be afforded additional protection.
Medical data breach claims can stem from any form of misuse or exposure of your healthcare data through no fault of your own. If this then causes you to suffer distress, you could be eligible – in accordance with the GDPR – to recover compensation for the distress suffered. Medical data breach claims can often attract high awards because of the nature of the information affected, which means that the distress can be more significant. Generally speaking, the way it works is that, the more you suffer, the more a claim could be valued and settled for.
The Data Breach Lawyers can offer expert representation. For eligible clients, we may be able to represent you for a legal case on a No Win, No Fee basis. We work this way because we are true believers in access to justice, as we believe it would not be fair if you had to pay for a losing case.
There are, of course, risks in working this way. If the claim does not succeed, we genuinely do lose money, and nobody covers our legal fees incurred. We are happy to work this way when we believe that there is a good enough chance of winning because of our commitments to access justice, as referenced above. Further, we appreciate that many people would not be able to afford to bring a claim if they had to pay for a losing case anyway, so this is the only way that we can feasibly work.
You can read more about our No Win, No Fee legal representation on our advice page here.
When it comes to a breach of confidentiality in an NHS setting, claiming compensation is important because the NHS is usually the primary organisation storing and processing this information. They must do all they can to make sure that data is processed and stored safely and fairly, and any breaches of the GDPR must be dealt with.
One of the common types of incidents that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) – the UK’s data watchdog – has to prosecute people for is data snooping in the healthcare industry. This is where employees who have access to medical information will look at it for no reason at all, and without any authority to do so. Usually, it is a case of people snooping on the records of people that they know, and there is no excuse for such behaviour.
If you suffer from this kind of incident, you could be entitled to claim, and we may be able to help you here now.