What is a Medical Records Data Breach?

A data breach is when a company/organisation accidentally or deliberately lose, alter, disclose, or access your confidential information without your permission.

Our Data Breach experts have experience in dealing with these kinds of claims against healthcare providers like GP practices, medical centers and hospitals ensuring that those responsible are held accountable and you are compensated for any upset and anxiety you may have experienced from learning of the breach.

How do I know my personal data has been leaked?

Under data protection law, healthcare organisations like your local GP are responsible for your patient data and are legally required to store it securely. It is their responsibility to protect it from unauthorised or unlawful processing and to take steps to prevent it from being inadvertently disclosed to a third party.

A data breach can happen to anyone and often tends to occur as a result of inadequate IT security systems, loss or theft of devices like phones and/or computers, poor disposal of data, and unauthorised access/sharing of healthcare provider’s data.

In the unfortunate circumstance of a data breach, it is the obligation of your GP or Healthcare Provider to notify you if they have been implicated in a security incident that has resulted in the leak of your patient data. They should inform you how the breach occurred, the impact, and the scale of data disclosed.

How does a Medical Records Data Breach impact me?

A data breach involving medical records is a severe issue; it is an infringement of the Data Protection Legislation there to protect our personal information, it is an invasion of your privacy, and due to the sensitive nature of the information it can be very distressing when it happens. It can leave you questioning who has viewed your records, why, and what are they going to do with that information?

Furthermore, a medical data breach can be particularly troubling due to the nature of the data that is likely to have been accessed or disclosed. That data is likely to be sensitive in nature and is highly confidential.

How can Nicholson Jones Sutton Solicitors help?

Our specialised Data Breach team will advise you on whether you have a valid medical records breach claim and help you recover the compensation you deserve.

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