Posted On March 14, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
March 14, 2022 – Recently, Labette Health announced that an unauthorized party was able to gain access to the company’s network, resulting in the sensitive information of certain consumers being compromised. It is essential those who receive a data breach notification from Labette Health understand what is at risk. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the Labette Health data breach on behalf of people whose information was exposed. 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 Labette Health.
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 to the company’s website, Labette Health first noticed unauthorized activity on its IT systems on October 14, 2021. In response, the company began an investigation into the incident to determine if the protected health information of any patients was compromised as a result. The investigation revealed that between October 15 and October 24, 2021, an unauthorized party was able to access and acquire certain information on the company’s network.
Upon learning of the extent of the security breach, Labette Health then reviewed the affected files to determine what information was compromised. The company completed this review on February 11, 2022. While the compromised information varies by consumer, it may include your Social Security number, medical treatment and diagnosis information, treatment costs, dates of service, prescription information, Medicare or Medicaid number, and health insurance information.
On March 11, 2022, Labette Health began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident.
Founded in 1961, Labette Health is a Level III trauma center located in Parsons, Kansas. Labette Health has 99 beds and provides acute, intensive and inpatient rehabilitation services. Labette Health also offers cancer care, general surgery, home care, joint replacement, and women’s health services.
When you allowed Labette Health access to your personal data, you trusted the company to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the Labette Health 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 Labette Health breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if Labette Health was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the Labette Health 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 Labette Health, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from Labette 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 Labette 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.