Posted On March 28, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
March 28, 2022 – Recently, Cancer & Hematology Centers of Western Michigan, P.C. (“CHCWM”) announced it was the victim of a ransomware attack, resulting in the sensitive information of as many as 43,071 patients and employees being compromised.
It is essential those who receive a data breach notification from Cancer & Hematology Centers of Western Michigan understand what is at risk. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the Cancer & Hematology Centers of Western Michigan data breach. As a part of our investigation, we are providing free consultations to anyone affected by the breach who is interested in learning more about the risks of identity theft, what they can do to protect themselves, and what their legal options may be to obtain compensation from Cancer & Hematology Centers of Western Michigan.
In 2021, there were 1,862 data breaches affecting more than 189,000,000 individuals. Victims of identity theft spend, on average, 200 hours and more than $1,300 recovering their identity. Many of these victims also suffer credit damage, emotional distress, and may even end up with a criminal record. Taking immediate action is the best way to prevent the worst consequences of a data breach.
According to a notice posted on the Cancer & Hematology Centers of Western Michigan website, the company was recently targeted in a ransomware attack. As a result of the cybersecurity incident, unauthorized individuals were able to access certain information pertaining to patients and employees.
While the compromised information varies based on the individual, for employees, it may include your Social Security number and bank account information. As for patients, the leaked information may include certain portions of your health record.
On March 18, 2022, the Cancer & Hematology Centers of Western Michigan began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident.
Cancer & Hematology Centers of Western Michigan, P.C. is a physician-owned oncology and hematology practice based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The company operated five health centers throughout western Michigan, including Holland Cancer Center, CHCWM – East, CHCWM – Muskegon, Lacks Cancer Center at St. Mary’s, and Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion. Cancer & Hematology Centers of Western Michigan also operates five regional clinics: Spectrum Health United Hospital, Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital, Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital, Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital, Pennock Hospital Physician Center. CHCWM employs approximately 348 people and generates more than $20 million in annual revenue.
When you allowed CHCWM access to your personal data, you trusted the company to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the CHCWM data breach raises some very serious questions about the company’s data security measures and whether the company could have done more to prevent this type of cyber-attack.
Regardless of the industry, all businesses have a legal obligation to protect consumer information in their possession. Although creating and maintaining a data security system is costly, this is a necessary expense given the frequency with which cyberattacks occur.
Consumers whose personal, identifying, financial or healthcare-related data was compromised in a data breach can pursue legal action against a company that misused or mishandled their information. However, the investigation into the Cancer & Hematology Centers of Western Michigan breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if CHCWM was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the Cancer & Hematology Centers of Western Michigan security breach to determine the potential legal remedies of those affected.
If you have questions about your ability to pursue a data breach class action lawsuit against CHCWM, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from CHCWM in the coming weeks, it means your personal data was among that which was compromised in the recent cyberattack. It also means a cybercriminal may have had access to—and may have stolen—your personal data. Given the risks involved, it is important you remain vigilant by taking the following steps:
At Console & Associates, P.C., our consumer privacy lawyers monitor all security and data breaches to help affected consumers pursue their legal remedies. We offer free consultations to victims of data breaches and can explain your rights in clear, understandable terms so you can make an informed decision about how to proceed with your case. If you’ve been affected by the CHCWM data breach or any other data security incident, Console & Associates, P.C., will investigate your case at no charge and offer you thorough advice about how to most effectively proceed with your case. If you decide to bring a case, we only get paid if you do. If your claim is successful, any legal fees are either paid by the defendant or come out of the funds recovered from the defendant. If your claim doesn’t result in a recovery, you will pay nothing.