Without data breach class actions, large corporate defendants would be able to cause small amounts of harm over a large group of individuals without any risk of monetary penalty.
Holding companies accountable for poor cybersecurity and data theft incidents helps ensure that consumers are better protected in the future.
If you become aware of or suspect a healthcare-related data breach, you can report it to the hospital, clinic, or healthcare provider first. They may be able to stop the leak quickly and prevent ongoing harm. You can also submit a notice using the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) breach reporting form.
These are general reporting mechanisms. Other actions you can take to personally protect your privacy include locking up your personal financial accounts (see the following FAQ for details). Contact a lawyer for more proactive options.
Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion are the three credit monitoring in the United States. Call, create an account, or log in with each one to place a freeze on your accounts. This helps prevent new lines of credit from being opened in your name. When you need to open new lines of credit such as a home loan or new credit card, you can temporarily unfreeze these accounts with the PIN they provide.
If your personal medical information has been compromised, you should also notify your banks and your health insurance provider so that they have a record of the danger. This helps the companies to properly monitor your account for unusual activity.
Medical identity theft is a specific form of fraud that steals your identity to obtain treatment or make health insurance reimbursement claims. These acts can harm you financially, bring criminal accusations, and distort your medical history. An inaccurate medical history attached to your identity could potentially endanger your life in an emergency. A negotiated settlement or court-ordered verdict could include legal remedies to clean up your records.
There are many deadlines associated with data breach legal actions. For example, by law in Ohio where The Lyon Firm is headquartered, you must be notified that your information has been compromised within 45 days of the breach. This is likely when the clock begins ticking for you to respond legally.
For cases that involve large numbers of affected individuals, class action lawsuits have their own timelines regarding when you must join the suit. You may also waive your right to collective compensation so you can file an individual lawsuit. This may be your best option if your case involves extensive losses that need to be addressed separately.
The decision to file collectively or individually should be made in consultation with a healthcare data breach attorney. Contact The Lyon Firm online or by calling (513) 381-2333 for a free consultation regarding your options.
Due to the recent problems with pixels relaying sensitive information, federal officials reportedly sent letters to hospitals and telehealth providers over privacy and online security concerns.
The FTC and the Department of Health say that online tracking integrated into websites may be illegal and can disclose personal health data to unauthorized parties.
The federal agencies sent around 130 health care providers a letter warning of the security risk of Meta/Facebook Pixels and Google Analytics.
The letters outlined concerns about possible disclosures of personal information. They read: “Impermissible disclosures of an individual’s personal health information to third parties may result in a wide range of harms to an individual or others. Such disclosures can reveal sensitive information, including health conditions, diagnoses, medications, medical treatments, frequency of visits to health care professionals, where an individual seeks medical treatment, and more. In addition, impermissible disclosures of personal health information may result in identity theft, financial loss, discrimination, stigma, mental anguish, or other serious negative consequences to the reputation, health, or physical safety of the individual or to others.”
Following a data breach incident, victims should consider talking to a legal expert, and move quickly to take the following steps to help prevent identity theft and fraud:
We work with law firms across the country to provide the most resources possible and to build your case into a valuable settlement.
Invasion of privacy law has been established to protect consumers and citizens of the United States. When companies are negligent and fail to protect consumer information, which can be used in malicious ways, victims can contact a class action attorney to represent them in class action data breach lawsuits. A number of privacy breach and data breach claims have been settled by The Lyon Firm and other consumer protection lawyers around the country.
Consumers have rights in the USA, and when companies do not provide a service they have promised, or hold up their end of a bargain, legal action may be necessary. Consumer protection attorneys work on your behalf to hold companies responsible for providing a fair and safe service.
The Lyon Firm has worked with law firms nationwide in consumer class actions involving deceptive marketing, false advertising, food mislabeling and misleading marketing claims.
TCPA lawsuits have become one of the most common kinds of legal claims. The TCPA Act provides privacy protection for consumers by restricting how companies and organizations can contact you by telephone. Robocall harassment and unfair debt collection has been a serious issue that has required lawsuits in order to keep telemarketing companies at bay.
If you have experienced telephone harassment by a bank, real estate company, hotel, political campaign or anyone else, you may have TCPA claim. The Lyon Firm works diligently to seek compensation for those harassed at their home or work.
Class action wage and hour lawsuits are always ongoing, as some employers fail to treat employees properly, and attempt to cut workers out of earned wages. Wage theft lawsuits can be valuable for a class of plaintiffs who believes their employer has cheated them out of overtime pay and other earned wages.
There have been several wage theft lawsuits and settlements that have compensated employees for the wages they have earned, as well as damages for emotional distress and punitive damages when an employer is negligent in treating workers in accordance to Ohio labor law.