Posted On February 24, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
February 24, 2022 – Recently, Cross Timbers Health Clinics, Inc., which operates under the business name AccelHealth, announced that the information of certain employees and patients was compromised as the result of a malware attack. Those impacted by a data breach should be sure they understand what happened, what their rights are, and how they can pursue them. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating this security breach. As a part of the investigative process, our attorneys will be interviewing any victims of the breach to determine what harm was caused and whether they are eligible to bring a data breach class action lawsuit against Cross Timbers Health Clinics.
According to a notice posted on the company’s website, on around December 15, 2021, AccelHealth discovered that it could not access certain files on its computer network. In response, the company launched an investigation into the incident with the assistance of cybersecurity experts. This investigation revealed that AccelHealth was the target of a malware attack, which prevented access to the affected files. The investigation also confirmed that the company’s network could have been subject to unauthorized access between December 9, 2021, and December 15, 2021.
AccelHealth then looked into the scope of the breach to determine what information was accessible to the unauthorized party. On January 14, 2022, the company reported that, while the compromised information varies based on the individual, it may include a person’s name, address, date of birth, Social Security number, driver’s license number, financial account information, health insurance information, medical record number, and treatment/diagnosis information.
Subsequently, AccelHealth posted a data breach notification on its website to inform all potentially impacted parties of the breach.
Cross Timbers Health Clinics, which goes by the name Accelhealth, is a healthcare provider located in Brownwood, Texas. The company provides medical, dental, and behavioral health services to patients through four locations in Leon, Brownwood and Stephenville, TX. AccelHealth is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). Thus, the company receives federal funding, enabling it to provide discounted healthcare services to lower-income patients.
When you allowed AccelHealth access to your personal data, you trusted the company to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the AccelHealth 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 Cross Timbers Health Clinics breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if AccelHealth was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the Cross Timbers Health Clinics 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 AccelHealth, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from AccelHealth 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 AccelHealth 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.