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Hospital ransomware attacks: rights for victims

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It’s important for victims to know their rights when it comes to hospital ransomware attacks, as this usually involves a great deal of personal and sensitive data.

Medical data breach compensation claims are one of the most common types of individual legal cases that we take forward. We represent thousands of clients, and those whose healthcare information has been misused or exposed tend to suffer significantly. This is why we do what we do: to make sure that the victims have a voice when data protection laws have been broken.

As a leading firm of consumer action and data breach compensation experts, here’s how we can help people.

Compensation for hospital ransomware attacks

It’s possible for the victims of hospital ransomware attacks to be able to make a claim for compensation for the distress caused by the loss of control of personal information.

Although each case needs to be assessed and pursued on its own individual merit, it often comes down to whether there has been any negligence or not. If it comes down to an avoidable ransomware attack where more could – and should  – have been done to have prevented it, a claim could be made. This may arise from inadequate security or an error that leaves data more exposed; both of which can easily happen.

In 2017, the WannaCry ransomware attack hit the healthcare industry hard and caused havoc for NHS services. It really highlighted the importance of cybersecurity, and it’s vital that patient privacy is protected. If there is a failure to do so, victims should be entitled to claim for any distress caused and the law allows them to do so. If we feel that the case is one that should succeed, we may also be able to offer No Win, No Fee representation.

The impact cannot be underestimated

When it comes to hospital ransomware attacks, it’s the impact for the victims whose data is exposed that needs to be understood.

And it should never be underestimated.

We represent clients for some of the most severe data breaches imaginable. These include cases where abusive ex-partners or relatives have been given data about people they shouldn’t have. We took cases forward for one of the first and most severe medical actions in the UK where the HIV status for patients was leaked; the 56 Dean Street Clinic incident.

When information as personal and sensitive as this is exposed, it can cause serious harm for the victims. Once it’s out there, it’s usually out there forever.

Cybercriminals target medical data. They know that it can be used to blackmail victims as it’s precisely the kind of information that most people want to remain safe and secure. They can make money from scams involving healthcare data, and we make sure that data breach compensation pay-outs reflect what the victims go through.

In some cases, valuations can be in the tens or even hundreds of thousands of pounds mark, especially when there has been a serious case of fraud involved as well.

Free, no-obligation advice

Victims of hospital ransomware attacks can be entitled to make a claim for compensation, and we can offer free, no-obligation advice.

You can contact our team today and we can assess the case and let you know if its one that we can take forward. As a trusted firm of data breach experts that has been operating in this complex and niche area of law for a lot longer than most other firms, we represent thousands of clients and we may be able to help you too.

If we can take it forward, we may also be able to offer No Win, No Fee representation.

IMPORTANT: advice on this page is intended to be up-to-date for the 'first published date'.

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First published by Matthew on May 13, 2020
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