We represent victims for NHS cybersecurity claims, and we can offer No Win, No Fee protection as we have done for the thousands of people who have come to us for our expert help and advice for years.
We expect that the number of incidents will rise as the world continues to be increasingly digitalised. Despite the introduction of the GDPR in May 2018, we have seen rising numbers of people coming forward for our help, and many incidents arise from simple and avoidable errors.
NHS data breach compensation claims are one of the most common types of individual legal cases that we take forward, which is why our work is so important.
Rising cybersecurity risks
NHS cybersecurity claims will likely continue to rise as the risk of incidents continues to rise as well, which is a cause for concern.
Fast access to medical information is important and can undoubtedly improve the quality of healthcare around the world. When practitioners can access information fast, they can treat people more quickly, and this can reduce risks and allow for greater efficiency.
But, with greater access comes greater vulnerability, and this is something that isn’t going to slow down. In fact, it has been recently reported that the NHS is creating more data hubs where information can be accessed around the world in order to speed up medical research. It’s all aimed at finding cures and better helping patients with their problems and suffering.
However, potentially hundreds of even thousands of universities, research groups, private healthcare companies having greater access to the private and sensitive medical data for millions of people is risky. Any defence is only as good as the weakest chain in the link, and the more links there are that each have their own varying levels and quality of cybersecurity, the greater the risks.
The more doorways to data there are, the more access points hackers can break through. The more different organisations there are storing and processing data, the more targets there are to hit. Each of those targets will have different ways of addressing cybersecurity since there’s no clear and uniform way of doing it.
This is why we’re so worried.
Importance of NHS cybersecurity claims
It’s important that victims know that there is the option for NHS cybersecurity claims when private and sensitive medical data is misused or exposed.
With the endlessly increasing digitalisation of the world, it’s more a question of when and not if.
When medical data has been misused, exposed or otherwise subject to a breach, you can be entitled to make a claim for compensation. You can claim for any distress caused by the loss of control of your personal information, and you may also be able to claim for any financial losses and expenses on top of the distress claim as well.
Data breach compensation awards can be significant when it comes to particularly private and sensitive data like medical information.
The risks are very real. Even where data is anonymised to try and limit the damage of a potential breach, it’s not impossible for expert hackers to be able to identify patients. Even the matter of access must be carefully managed, as we have seen a lot of incidents where people have abused their right to access medical information. The most obvious recent example that springs to mind is the Greater Manchester case that involved thousands of people. This is one of the dozens of data actions our lawyers are fighting for justice in.
Free, no-obligation advice
Our team of experts are here to help. We represent many victims for NHS cybersecurity claims given how common they can be, and we may be able to help you too.
You only need to look at infamous examples like the 56 Dean Street Clinic leak and last year’s Charing Cross GIC leak to see how easy these incidents can take place. For the victims, the impact can be devastating, which is why our work is so important.
We’ve been representing clients in this complex and niche area of law for the last 5 years, which is a lot longer than most other firms out there. We offer No Win, No Fee protection for our clients as we’re committed to access to justice.
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First published by Matthew on February 11, 2020
Posted in the following categories: Claims Cybersecurity Healthcare Security and tagged with compensation | cybersecurity | data breach | medical data breach | medical records | nhs