Morley Companies has sent out data breach notification letters to over 500,000 individuals who may have had their personal information compromised in a recent data breach.
The incident was revealed when the company discovered that various files could not be accessed due to ransomware infection. The breach may have leaked highly confidential private information of its patients.
If you or someone you know were affected by a Morley data privacy issue, contact our law firm at (513) 381-2333. We have proven experience holding companies accountable for losses caused by data breaches and other similar incidents.
How Did the Morley Data Breach Occur?
You may not have heard of Morley, but the company processes information for health plans across the country. The data breach was discovered when Morley discovered it could not access certain files on its systems, and hired a third-party computer forensic specialist team.
A Morley data breach investigation concluded that ransomware-type malware prevented access to some data files beginning in August 2021. It may have leaked the names, dates of birth, health insurance information, and Social Security numbers of thousands of victims.
Potentially compromised information includes:
Social security number
Date of birth
Client ID number
Health insurance information
Medical diagnostic information
One can imagine the havoc that can result if this information falls into the wrong hands. Such information can be used in various ways which could compromise the user’s health and safety.
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What Do Damages in a Data Breach Lawsuit Cover?
Damages in a data breach lawsuit may vary from case to case. However, damageswill typically cover losses such as:
Unauthorized credit losses and charges
Damage to credit ratings
Cost of replacing used credit cards
Credit monitoring fees
Time and resources expended to investigate the breach
Mental and emotional distress
As mentioned, case results will vary from claim to claim. In some cases, injunctive relief may be sought against the liable company to compel them to strengthen data breach policies and improve security for their data systems.
An experienced class action attorney can determine if you are eligible to file a data breach lawsuit or join a class of plaintiffs. Contact the Lyon Firm at (513) 381-2333 to set up a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your legal rights and options.
Protect Yourself After the Morley Companies Security Breach
After your data is stolen, you may always be at risk for future identity theft and fraud. But, you can protect yourself with identity theft coverage and subscribing to an ID Theft Recovery service.
It’s important to stay alert and watch for signs of illegal activity that uses your accounts. If you happen to see unusual activity, take the appropriate actions described above to help protect yourself. If you want more information on what to do when a data breach impacts you, call The Lyon Firm or visit the FTC identity theft website.
Remember that you are not the only victim of a data breach. There are millions of Americans who suffer from data privacy events, many of whom seek legal action for compensation and to hold companies accountable for negligent security systems.
Identity thieves can use a person’s stolen information to apply for a credit line in the person’s name. They can then use the credit and not pay the bills, which causes damage to the victim’s credit.
Stolen data could be held for months or even a year before it is finally used to commit identity theft or credit fraud.Such information can also be sold online through the dark web, where fraudulent use of the data can last for years.
With the rise of electronic medical data storage in place of old paper files, there are more and more instances of security breach incidents and subsequent class action lawsuits.
If you have questions about your eligibility to take part in a lawsuit, contact our law firm at (513) 381-2333. We can schedule a free consultation where we can discuss your legal rights and options.
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