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Unauthorised Medical Records Access – What Can You Do About It?

We’ve been contacted for help and taken a new case forward involving a Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust data breach for unauthorised medical records access.

If you have been informed that your medical records have been accessed without good reason, you may have a claim for NHS data breach compensation. These kinds of cases can be quite common, and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has had to warn medical staff about making sure to not break the law.

Given we are seeing another incident where this appears to have happened, we expect that an ICO fine may be forthcoming. For those who have been contacted and told that their personal and sensitive data has been misused, we may be able to help you.

Claim compensation for unauthorised medical records access

We’ve been contacted for help in relation an incident of unauthorised medical records access. Victims of this type of breach can be entitled to make a claim for data breach compensation.

The letters being sent from Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust have reportedly confirmed that a member of staff has been accessing medial records without a legitimate reason to do so. In the case we have taken forward, the patient had stayed at the hospital where the staff member worked, and the matter had been referred to the ICO.

It’s understood that a patient had made a complaint that had then sparked an investigation that revealed the illegitimate access of medical records. The findings of the investigation confirmed that some patients’ record were accessed once, while others may have been accessed on a number of occasions.

NHS data breaches are common

Incidents of unauthorised medical records access can actually be quite common. We can tell you this from a number of years of experience in representing people claiming for NHS data breach compensation on a No Win, No Fee basis with us.

One of the biggest causes of medical data claims often relate to some form of human error or human action. We have cases like this where NHS staff have abused their rights to access information, which can lead to data misuse and exposure. In other cases, we have incidents like the recent Charing Cross gender clinic email leak that we’re also pursuing action for.

Claiming compensation for unauthorised medical record access

You may be able to claim compensation as a victim of unauthorised medical records access.

If you have received notification that you have been affected by the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust data breach, or for any other similar incident, feel free to get in touch with us.

We’re happy to offer you free, no-obligation advice about your options for compensation, and No Win, No Fee representation if we can take the case forward for you.

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