Posted On March 3, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
March 3, 2022 – Recently, JDC Healthcare Management, LLC, which operates as Jefferson Dental & Orthodontics, announced that the company was the target of a malware attack resulting in the sensitive information of certain consumers 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 JDC Healthcare Management.
According to a notice posted on the company’s website, on August 9, 2021, JDC Healthcare Management learned that someone installed a malware program on its computer systems. In response, JDC secured the affected systems and launched an internal investigation to determine the scope of the incident and what information may have been compromised. On August 13, 2021, the company confirmed that certain documents on its servers were “copied from or viewed” between the dates of July 27, 2021 and August 16, 2021.
Upon learning of the extent of the security breach, JDC Healthcare Management then reviewed the affected files to determine what information was compromised. On January 10, 2022, the company completed its investigation and, while the compromised information varies by consumer, it may include affected parties’ Social Security numbers, passport numbers, driver’s license numbers, state identification numbers, dates of birth, clinical information, health insurance information and financial information.
Subsequently, JDC Healthcare Management began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was compromised.
JDC Healthcare Management is a dental and orthodontic practice that operates under the name Jefferson Dental & Orthodontics. The company was founded in 1967 when it opened its first practice in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas. Since then, JDC Healthcare Management has expanded to include over 70 practices in San Antonio, TX; Austin, TX; Dallas, TX; Houston; TX and Oklahoma City, OK. Jefferson Dental & Orthodontics is also the official dentist of the Dallas Mavericks.
When you allowed Jefferson Dental & Orthodontics access to your personal data, you trusted the company to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the Jefferson Dental & Orthodontics 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 JDC Healthcare Management breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if Jefferson Dental & Orthodontics was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the JDC Healthcare Management 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 Jefferson Dental & Orthodontics, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from Jefferson Dental & Orthodontics 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 Jefferson Dental & Orthodontics 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.
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