For the victim, stolen medical data can lead to a significant amount of distress, and there can be a huge number of risks if your private and sensitive information has been exposed.
We know that criminals and fraudsters target medical data because it can be valuable to them for a number of reasons. It can be used for ransom and identity theft, or even for criminals to produce forged documents like receipts and prescriptions. The so-called ‘dark web’ is reportedly rife with medical data that’s up for sale.
As a victim, what can you do if your medical data is stolen? Can you be eligible to make a claim for medical data breach compensation?
Compensation for stolen medical data
You can be eligible to make a claim for data breach compensation for stolen medical data. You can claim for the distress over the loss of control of your information, and if any fraud or identity theft takes place, this can be factored into a case as well.
Across the world, millions of people have been the victim of a medical data breach that stems from information theft. In 2017, we saw the huge WannaCry incident where criminals targeted systems that the NHS used.
The impact was substantial.
How much can you claim?
Data breach compensation amounts can be incredibly high when it comes to medical data breach cases. Usually, medical information is very personal and sensitive, and when exposed, the distress that can be caused can be significant.
Where it’s down to stolen medical data, claims can attract higher awards given that your information is in the hands of criminals. At least in some cases, information can be leaked to a small amount of people, and steps can be taken to minimise the damage. But when medical data ends up in the hands of criminals, the damage has already been done.
What to do
If you’ve suffered as a result of stolen medical data, know your rights.
You may be eligible to make a claim for data breach compensation against the organisation who was responsible for processing and protecting your data. Ultimately, if they failed to properly protect your data, and that’s how it was stolen in the first place, you can direct legal action against them.
We’re happy to assess your potential claim on a free and no-obligation basis. If we think we can hold the organisation to account, we can also offer No Win, No Fee representation.
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First published by Matthew on June 17, 2019
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