Posted On March 29, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
March 29, 2022 – Recently, Harney District Hospital announced that an unauthorized party was able to access the hospital’s computer network, resulting in personal information belonging to certain individuals being compromised.
It is essential those who receive a data breach notification from Harney County Health District understand what is at risk. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the Harney County Health District 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 Harney County Health District.
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 an official filing by the hospital, on November 24, 2021, an unauthorized party informed Harney District Hospital that they were able to access the hospital’s computer network. The hospital looked into the incident, and determined on February 8, 2022, that the unauthorized party was indeed able to access and potentially steal files containing consumers’ private information.
Upon learning of the extent of the security breach, Harney County Health District then reviewed the affected files to determine what information was compromised. While the compromised information varies based on the individual, it may include consumers’ names and Social Security numbers.
On March 21, 2022, Harney County Health District began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident.
Harney District Hospital is a 25-bed hospital located in Burns, Oregon which is operated by the Harney County Health District. The Harney County Health District includes Harney District Hospital, a primary care practice, and an emergency medical facility. Together Harney County Health District serves 10,000 square miles in Harney County. The District employs approximately 200 people, as well as a number of visiting healthcare providers.
When you allowed Harney District Hospital access to your personal data, you trusted the hospital to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the Harney District Hospital data breach raises some very serious questions about the organization’s data security measures and whether it could have done more to prevent this type of cyber-attack.
Regardless of the industry, all organizations 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 Harney County Health District breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if Harney District Hospital was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the Harney County Health District 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 Harney District Hospital, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from Harney District Hospital 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 Harney District Hospital 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.