Posted On March 4, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
March 4, 2022 – Recently, Duncan Regional Hospital, Inc. (“DRH Health”) experienced a data security incident resulting in the sensitive information of as many as 92,398 individuals being compromised. 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 Duncan Regional Hospital.
According to a recent news report, on January 20, 2022, DRH Health determined that a cybersecurity incident affected one of the hospital’s servers. As a result of this discovery, DRH Health secured its computer network and launched an investigation into the incident to determine what information was accessible and whether any sensitive consumer data was compromised.
On January 22, 2022, the hospital determined that certain consumer information may have been accessible to an unauthorized party. While the specific data affected likely varies by individual, it may include affected parties’ names and Social Security numbers.
On March 4, 2022, Duncan Regional Hospital began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was contained in the affected files. It is believed that as many as 92,398 individuals were impacted by the DRH Health security incident.
Duncan Regional Hospital is a not-for-profit regional healthcare system based in Duncan, Oklahoma. The DRH Health system consists of two hospitals (Duncan Regional Hospital and Jefferson County Hospital) and 20 provider clinics. DRH Health provides a wide range of services including cardiac care, cancer care, women’s health, pulmonology, behavioral health, addiction services and more.
When you allowed DRH Health access to your personal data, you trusted the hospital to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the DRH Health data breach raises some very serious questions about the organization’s data security measures and whether more could have been done to prevent this type of cyber-attack.
Regardless of the industry, all businesses and nonprofits (including hospitals) 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 an organization that misused or mishandled their information. However, the investigation into the Duncan Regional Hospital breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if DRH Health was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the Duncan Regional Hospital 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 DRH Health, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from DRH Health 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 DRH Health 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.