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In respect of any breaches involving particularly personal and sensitive information, compensation pay-outs can be substantial. We have settled a number of cases for over £12,000.
This is above our average and reflects the nature of the seriousness of such breaches, and it is also likely more than what some other law firms may be prepared to settle similar cases for. We know this because we are aware of other law firms settling claims for reduced amounts or taking earlier offers, whereas we are prepared to fight harder to make sure we get the best justice possible.
We often talk about our average compensation claim pay-outs for mostly individual clients pursuing distress claims being just over £6,000. We have also talked about the fact that many medical data compensation claims often settle in excess of £10,000.
In line with these estimates and averages, we can also confirm that a number of cases that we have pursued that involved particularly personal and sensitive information have settled for over £12,000 each in damages. Those cases were for distress alone.
As always, we cannot go into the intricate details in respect of what happened in those particular matters, but they relate to a number of cases where clients suffered significant distress.
It is certainly worth pursuing a claim for compensation for distress in accordance with GDPR, and it is important to make sure that you have the right solicitors on your side to maximise your compensation pay-out. Obtaining these awards was thanks to our hard work as we know that, in similar cases, other law firms settled for much less than we have, which shows the importance of making sure you have the right legal advocates instructed.
Breaches of personal and sensitive information are particularly significant because the impact on the victim can be substantial. The whole aspect of the GDPR allowing people to claim damages for distress is about compensating for the “injury to feeling”.
To safeguard against personal and sensitive information being exposed or misused, some data can be classed as “special category” information which can afford it additional protection. Examples can include medical information, which is often something that we want to keep private and confidential.
As we outlined above, we have settled a number of cases where there was a particularly prominent distress element arising from the nature of the information exposed. In a number of cases, we settled claims in excess of £12,000, which we know to be more than what other law firms likely settled similar cases for. The reason that we have obtained more is because we fought harder, and we used our experience and expertise in this niche and complex area of law to make sure that we obtained the best justice for our clients.
Privacy compensation claiming is a relatively new area of law, and it is still emerging in respect of valuing claims and establishing precedents for payouts. What we are not prepared to do, as Leading Privacy Compensation Experts, is under settle or settle quickly and cheaply at the cost of justice to our client, like some other firms do.
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